Holy Rosary Month - Day 6: Preparatory Mysteries 4
Covenant with the Chosen People: In the fourth preparatory mystery we meditate on God’s covenant with the chosen people. As the salvation history moves forward, we find that God is preparing a people of his own separated from all other nations; a preparation through elimination and election. He blessed Abraham and his descendants; they became “as numerous as the stars in the sky.” (Gen 26:4; Ex 32:13) From an old man and a barren woman God prepared generations of generations. The Nations were afraid of them and the king said to his people, “Look how numerous and powerful the Israelite people are growing, more so than we ourselves! Come let us deal shrewdly with them to stop their increase; otherwise, in time of war they too may join our enemies to fight against us, and so leave our country.” (Ex 1:9, 10) Yes, my Lord, ‘your thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are our ways your ways.’ (Is 55:8) When the Nations tried to oppress them, they cried to the Lord and he came for their help. God said to Moses, “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry of complaint against their slave drivers, so I know well what they are suffering. Therefore, I have come down to rescue them from the hands of the Egyptians and lead them out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Ex 3:7, 8) How wonderful our God’s love is! Those who lost the Garden of Eden, he is preparing a land flowing with milk and honey. Of course, it was not an easy goal to achieve for them. People were accompanied by tests and trials throughout the journey of forty years through the deserts; their murmurings and grumblings against God were the only rhythm heard in the wilderness. Finally, God gave them the Ten Commandments through Moses as a sign of his covenant with the people he has chosen and asked them, “On your part, you must keep the commandments I am giving you today.” (Ex 34:11) It is through these commandments people were prepared to receive the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you for your help and protection. 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 called for the consecrated life that they may be always faithful to Jesus even when only trials, sufferings and difficulties accompany them. Let them understand the meaning of the word, “My son, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials.” (Sir 2:1) Amen!
Greetings: Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Monday!