By Mary Sayad
May 2007 - Part 3
It is significant to mention that May is the Month of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The Rosary is replete with the events in the life of Jesus and Mary and I am delighted that the sequence of "MY ROSARY AND ME" continues during this special month of honoring her.
I will describe how one meditation of each of the Mysteries of the rosary is revealed to me. In addition, I have included the reflection or meditation of the selected Mysteries.
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES: The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Presentation at the Temple and the Finding of Jesus
The third decade of the Joyful Mysteries is the Nativity. **The reflection or meditation of this Mystery is POVERTY.
Luke 2: 6 -7 "While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her first-born Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn."
Bethlehem is a town located six miles southwest of Jerusalem. Bethlehem is prominent because it is the birth-place of Jesus according to three Gospels of Matthew, Luke and John.
In the Old Testament, the importance of this town stems chiefly from its association with king David. This was his home and he was anointed king by the prophet Samuel (1 Sm 16 :1 - 13) and Jesus is a descendant of the house of David.
Translated from Arabic, Bethlehem means house of bread and house of meat. Jesus becomes the Bread of Life for us in the Holy Eucharist and He sacrifices His Body and Blood for our salvation.
Jesus is born in abject poverty. I visualize Him as a tiny, helpless infant. He is laid in a manger or feeding troth where the animals ate, and as they ate, they dribbled their saliva into this manger. Mind staggering and unprecedented that the Son of God and the Creator of everything that exists would be born in total poverty! I feel compassion for the Holy Family in their poverty and I simultaneously can't help feeling ashamed that with all our modern comforts, we remain unsatisfied.
The Holy Family's simplicity, humility and faith are a rich source of spiritual strength for me.
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES: The Agony of the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning of Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, The Crucifixion
The third of the Sorrowful Mysteries is The Crowning of Thorns - **The meditation is COURAGE.
Some days we are faced with extra challenges, interruptions and stress. We usually complain that we're not having a good day. Do you think that Good Friday was a good day for Jesus?
Mark 15: 18 - 19 "They began to salute him with, 'Hail, King of the Jews!' and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him….
Here my thoughts appropriately focus on the cruelty that humanity imposes upon its fellow man. Our sins are symptomatic of our combined weaknesses of jealousy, envy, deceitfulness and greed. Yet, in spite of these faults, I become sharply mindful of the purpose of Jesus' suffering and His love and compassion for all of us.
THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES: The Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, The Wedding at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven, The Transfiguration, The Institution of the Holy Eucharist.
In the third Mystery, The Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven, John the Baptist is arrested and later executed by decapitation by King Herod.
**The reflection or meditation of this Mystery is REPENTANCE.
Jesus gave witness to the truth and he came in order for us to receive forgiveness of our sins and the promise of salvation. By receiving the Sacrament of Penance consistently, we are strengthened and we become more aligned with Jesus' teachings and the Commandments.
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES: The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Feast of Pentecost, The Assumption, The Coronation.
The Ascension - Jesus is taken to heaven. **The reflection or meditation is HOPE.
When Jesus was taken up to heaven, the eleven Apostles, His mother, Mary and some of the holy women were present.
Acts 1: 10 -11 "While they looked intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, 'Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven."
This Mystery is brimming with emotion! Faith and hope are linked - you can't have one without the other We set the bar high for our goals when we place our trust in the Lord and we liberate our minds when we know that the things we hope for on earth and in the next life are possible through our faith. Despite difficulties, our lives will be dynamic for while growing in our faith, a static position can’t exist. Faith expands our vision in life.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, You are the purest vessel of grace, the definition of holiness, and a sign of the apocalypse. Mary, Your Heart is a Refuge of Holy Love - a counter sign in an evil age. Dear Heart of Mary, it has been ordained that the conversion and peace of the world be entrusted to you. Only through the Holy Love can the battle be won. As you, Heart of Mary, have been pierced by many swords, impale our hearts with the flaming arrow of Holy Love.
(Taken from booklet of Holy Love Ministries - Photo from Holy Love Ministries)