Holy Rosary Month - Day 8: Joyful Mysteries 1
The Annunciation: In the first joyful mystery we meditate on the angel Gabriel’s annunciation. The message of the angel to Mary is known as the annunciation, because the angel announced the birth of Jesus. The fulfillment of the messianic prophecy is close at hand. The salvific journey of God’s preparation of the people of God is coming to an end. It is quite different from the remote messianic prophecy in Gen 3:15 (“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.”) and the proximate messianic prophecy in Is 7:14 (“The virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”) Now the prophecy to the Israelites i.e. messianic prophecy to humankind is going to be realized right now. Therefore, the angel’s annunciation is not only to Mary but also to each one of us. We share in the joy of Mary in this holy mystery. Mary herself in her magnificat acknowledges that what she has received now is according to the promise of God to Israel, “He has helped Israel his servant remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” (Lk 1:54, 55)
This mystery also gives each one of us both an opportunity to rejoice in the Lord and to take up a mission in the Lord. What is that mission? It is the task to be filled with the grace of God. Mary was saluted by angel Gabriel with the title “full of grace” and made known to her that she had been chosen to be mother of our Savior Jesus. That means, unless and until we are filled with grace we will not be able to proclaim, or give witness to Jesus. Remember what we are taught in our early catechism classes; in order to receive Holy Communion we have to be in state of grace. However, this task makes us double happy that we are also called to be instruments in the hands of the Lord today like Mary, mother of Jesus. But are we ready to respond to God’s message like Mary did; “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38)
Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you for your maternal help and protection. Mary our mother and guide, help us to understand the meaning of being obedient and thankful to God in our daily life. In this holy mystery we specially pray for those who have joyously responded to the call of the Lord but find difficulty in fulfilling the duties entrusted to it faithfully. Let them be filled with the real spirit of discipleship through the intercession of holy Mary, and ‘return to the first Love.’ (Rev 2:5) Amen!
Greetings: Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Wednesday!