Holy Rosary Month - Day 29: Glorious Mysteries 3
The descent of the Holy Spirit: In the third glorious mystery we meditate on the descent of the Holy Spirit. We have already seen that the ascension of Jesus as well as the coming of the Holy Spirit made the disciples completely changed and renewed. We read, on the day of Pentecost, “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Holy Spirit enabled them to speak.” (Acts 2:4) Now they are no more behind locked doors fearing the Jewish authorities, but at the heart of the Jerusalem city amidst thousands preaching Jesus Christ boldly; “Listen to these words, O fellow Israelites!” They were not either ashamed of Jesus Christ who was crucified and considered cursed by the Jewish law; “You killed him by letting sinful men crucify him.” (Acts 2:23) Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit has been fulfilled in them, “The helper, the Holy spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.” (Jn 14:26) Just after resurrection we find Jesus explaining to those who were leaving Jerusalem desperate “what was said about himself in all scriptures, beginning with the book of Moses and the writings of all the prophets” (Lk 24:27) but now they are able to remember everything written about Jesus in the scriptures clearly and orderly (cf. Peter’s speeches in Acts cc. 2,3,4,5, and 10) They are fully convinced that Holy Spirit is the real helper given by Jesus and God the father. It is only by this Spirit, ‘they were able to proclaim that Jesus is the Lord’ (1Cor 12:3) for the ‘Holy Spirit doesn’t make anyone slaves but children of God.’ (Rom 8:15) Therefore, believing that those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God, (Rom 8:14) and temple of God (1Cor 3:17) they began to confer Holy Spirit upon others so that they may also be able to proclaim and Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. (Acts 8:15) Though ‘they were to suffer a lot, the early Christians received the message of Jesus Christ with the joy that came from the Holy Spirit.’ (1Thes 1:6) Are we ready to receive this Spirit, become the children of God, and proclaim Jesus amidst the sufferings with Joy of the Holy Spirit?
Prayer: Oh Mary, queen of heavens! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to believe in the Holy Spirit and surrender ourselves completely to his working in us. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who have received Holy Spirit through sacraments but are not aware of the power of the Holy Spirit. Let them be filled with gifts and fruits of the Spirit and be able to experience the Joy of the Holy Spirit and proclaim Jesus in their daily life. May Mother Mary, intercede for them, and be with us always! Amen!
Greetings: Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Wednesday!