By Mary Sayad
Part 2 - April, 2007
Because Ray Skop encouraged me to continue with sequels to "My Rosary And Me", I will continue according to my first writing. In order to maintain the correct sequence of the Mysteries, I will repeat my previous descriptions in their proper order.
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES: The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Presentation at the Temple and the Finding of Jesus
St. Ann, the mother of Mary was informed in a dream by an angel , that she would conceive in her old age and her daughter would be the mother of the Messiah. She was told that she was to keep this in her heart and never reveal this to anyone, not even to St. Joachim, St Ann's spouse and the father of Mary.
The Annunciation - **The meditation is humility.
Our Blessed Mother was chosen to be the Mother of the Messiah. The Angel Gabriel, announced to Mary that she would conceive through the Holy Spirit the prophesied Savior and she would name him, Jesus. Mary was very young perhaps not more than fourteen years old. She always prayed to become the maid for the mother of the Messiah. Mary never imagined that she would be the chosen mother.
Gabriel said to her, "Do not be afraid Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. And behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a Son. And thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord will give Him the throne of David, his father, and he shall be king over the house of Jacob forever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end."
I often ask myself, "How can I emulate The Blessed Virgin Mary in her humility? How can I at least try to improve by seeking holiness? How will my efforts towards holiness make a difference in the lives of my friends, family and acquaintances?"
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES: The Agony of the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning of Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, The Crucifixion
Depressing, sad and unbelievably horrific, these incredulous mysteries fill me with awe. My favorite is The Agony in the Garden. **The reflection and meditation of this Mystery is obedience and repentance for sins.
Here Jesus prays to Our Heavenly Father to remove this "cup" from him. He knew His suffering would be severe and intense and He was both fearful and apprehensive. He could have easily escaped, yet He came to fulfill the Scriptures and therefore He obeyed His Father and freely gave of Himself to be captured, disgraced and humiliated for love of us and for our salvation.
This Mystery is one of my most difficult challenges. Just as Jesus was tolerant of the sleeping Apostles, I need to be tolerant of other's thoughtlessness and vulnerabilities. In his anger, St. Peter cut off a soldier's ear. Despite the soldier's falsified accusations, Jesus demonstrated tenderness and unconditional love and restored his ear. An obedient Son, Jesus remained loyal to His Father and proceeded with His destiny to lift mankind from the depths of hell to heaven.
In many instances, I struggle to be mindful of my spiritual obligations and to remain obedient to the Commandments. Indeed, there are times where I become impatient and intolerant of my very own weaknesses. I pray for strength and spiritual wisdom.
THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES: The Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, The Wedding at Cana, The Proclamation of the Heaven of Heaven, The Transfiguration, The Institution of the Holy Eucharist.
In the first meditation where Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist, also known as the Forerunner, **The reflection or meditation is to be open to the Holy Spirit.
Although John the Baptist was baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River, through this act, by His presence and Divinity, Jesus blessed and sanctified the Jordan River. John was proclaiming the coming of the Messiah and now the Messiah humbly stood before him in the water demonstrating for us the initiation of Christianity.
We need to daily seek to be transformed in Christ's image and through Him to gradually develop an inner strength of character especially the Christian character. When we fall, we pick ourselves up and continue with our mission.
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES: The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Feast of Pentecost, The Assumption, The Coronation.
Resurrection - After His passion and dying on the cross, Jesus rises from his tomb on the third day.
**The reflection or meditation of this Mystery is Faith.
It is said that faith can move mountains. These mountains are our trials, difficulties, fears and weaknesses. God cannot be scarred or weak. God is all powerful, all loving, all compassionate and all merciful and the source of our strength. Master your problems by placing your trust in God through Jesus and Mary. Through faith, He will dismantle your fears and weaknesses and give you the necessary strength needed to overcome your personal mountain.
Remember that our purpose in life is to know, love and serve God.
Confidence in God
God is our refuge and our strength; he has indeed proved himself a great help in times of distress.
3. Therefore we do not fear, though the earth be overthrown, and the mountains crash into the midst of the sea.
4. Let its waters roar and rage, let the mountains be shaken by its violence; The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
5. The streams of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling place of the Most High.
6. God is in the midst of it, nor shall it be disturbed; God will help it at the break of day.
7. Nations were in tumult, kingdoms tottered; his voice thundered, the earth dissolved;
8. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
9. Come, behold the works of the Lord, what wonders he has done upon earth.
10.Who makes wars to cease even unto the ends of the earth, he breaks the bows and shatters the spears, and the shields he burns with fire.
11.Desist and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on earth.
12.The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Please continue to pray for world peace and the safety of our military. Let us also remember the fallen victims of the Virginia Massacre and their families. Thank you.
Your companion in prayer, Mary
Your companion in prayer, Mary