Holy Rosary Month - Day 7: Preparatory Mysteries 5
The Immanuel Prophecy: In the fifth preparatory mystery we meditate on the Immanuel Prophecy. Through centuries God was preparing the people for receiving the Savior through patriarchs, leaders, judges, priests, kings, and prophets. The people of Israel have now become a great nation with their own land in the Promised Canaan; a promise given to their forefather has now been fulfilled. “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” (Gen 12:1, 2) But their increase in number and their possession made them think of a king to rule over them; a shift from depending on God to depending on themselves. Through Samuel God made them aware of the danger of having a king other than he, but they refused to God’s counsel. The people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, “No! But we are determined to have a king over us. So that we may also be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.” (1Sam 8:19, 20) And we know from history that united Israel had only a hundred years of king’s rule; rule of kings Saul, David, and Solomon. After that the kingdom was divided into two; northern kingdom of ten tribes and southern kingdom of two tribes. Because of their unfaithfulness they were sent into exile; first northern kingdom, Israel in 721 (Assyrian exile) and then southern kingdom, Judah in 587 (Babylonian exile). Prophets made them aware of their sins and offences against God, their unfaithfulness to the precepts of the Lord, and finally they wanted to go back to the Lord. Therefore, God who heard the cry of Abel, (Gen 4:10) and of Israel in Egypt (Ex 3:7) gave ear to the cry of the people of God in Assyria and Babylon and made a promise to them through prophet Isaiah, “Look the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Is 1:14) How great and loving our God is! He comes again to those who rejected him as their king to be with them and rule over them.
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 in our life. In this mystery we specially pray for those who have gone astray from God because of their pride and now are in sinful ways, like addictions to drugs and liquors, involved in crimes and other social evils. Let them have the real sense of sin and repentance through the intercession of holy Mary, and return to the Lord. Amen!
Greetings: Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Tuesday!