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Friday, 3 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 3: Preparatory Mysteries 2

Holy Rosary Month - Day 3: Preparatory Mysteries 2

A covenant of God’s steadfast love: In the second preparatory mystery we meditate on God’s covenant with Noah. As an aftermath of punishment ‘Adam and Eve were sent forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.’ (Gen 3:24) Through their hard work they could manage whatever they needed for their livelihood. Though they were out of the Garden of Eden they were God fearing people and by the grace of God they got two children; Cain and Abel. When they were of mature age they offered sacrifices to God. God looked into the heart of Cain and saw that it was full of wickedness. He therefore, refused his sacrifice and received the offering of Abel. This made Cain more jealous than ever and out of rage he killed his brother Abel. God punished Cain for his wickedness and at the same showed his mercy toward him. The children of Cain neither sought God, nor wished to serve him. They began to marry the children of Seth. At last most of the people on earth became evil. When God saw how they forgot and disobeyed him, he was full of sorrow. He said, “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created – people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Gen 6:7) But there was a righteous man Noah who walked with God. God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled violence because of them.” (Gen 6:13) Since Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord, he was asked to make an ark of cypress wood to be saved. The great flood was over and Noah was very grateful to God. He built an altar, and upon it offered a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God. God was pleased with him and promised, “I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth…I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Gen 9:13) Paul says, “Where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more” (Rom 20) And we received grace upon grace through Jesus Christ, ‘the eternal Word who became a human being and, full of grace truth, lived among us.’ (Jn 1:14) God was slowly preparing the though centuries; through various peoples for the birth of the Messiah. 
Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you for your help and protection. How steadfast is God’s love and mercy toward mankind! Mary our mother and guide help us to understand the meaning of being obedient and thankful to God our father, always and everywhere. In this mystery we specially pray for the atheists that they understand God’s love and return to his everlasting love and mercy. Amen! 
Greetings:  Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Friday!  

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