Holy Rosary Month - Day 4: Preparatory Mysteries 3
Sacrifice of Abraham: In the third preparatory mystery we meditate on the Sacrifice of Abraham. Seeing the faithfulness of Noah, God blessed him and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” (Gen 9:1) This was the same blessing the first men received, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.” (Gen 1:28) It reminds us also of the similar situations before God’s creation of the world and humankind (i.e. “the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.” Gen 1:2) as well as before the flood (i.e. “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth.” (Gen 6:11, 12) After each fall of man it is God who takes the initiative to lift man up and draws closer to him. This steadfast love continues without fail to the call of Abraham descendant of Noah’s son Shem. Abraham’s call narrative is incredibly colorful with the promises of God’s blessings; abundance of children and land. (Gen 12:1-3) Though Abraham was old, his wife was barren, and is going to an unknown place; he believed in God’s promise and went as the Lord directed him. A life that taught us clearly what a life of faith is; a role model that made Paul define what faith is. Paul says, “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.” (Heb 11:1) Even this life model was tested to prepare mankind as to receive the redeemer centuries later. You are primarily called to receive God himself; not his gifts. When you go astray from this call, God makes it sure that you love God more than anything else. It is because of this God said to Abraham, “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.” (Gen 22:2) Abraham’s “Amen” on the mountain Moriah was a preparation for Mary’s “Amen” at Nazareth.
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 faithful and thankful to God our father. In this mystery we specially pray for those who are on the verge of denouncing faith in Jesus because of trials, and difficulties in their lives. Let them understand that “the purpose of different kinds of trials is to prove that their faith is genuine.” (1Pt 1:7) Amen!
Greetings: Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Saturday!