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As cousins, Mary and Elizabeth share a bond of kinship. We pour out our hearts to You in worship, Jesus, our God, with the Father and the Holy Spirit.Praise – Jesus, You are amazing! Eternal Father, your humble servant Mary presented Jesus to you in the Temple.Through Jesus and Mary, may the Church be animated by a pure faith, strong hope and ardent love. The prophetess Anna is an example for those advanced in years. The Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation, During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. How are you being called to counter the norms and standards of the world?13. I was in prayer: it was evening. We thank You for doing such great things for us and for having mercy on us and for lifting up the lowly and filling the hungry with good things. Each mystery is associated with a particular fruit, or virtue, which is illustrated by the actions of Christ and Mary in the event commemorated by that mystery. She hopes that her daughter will someday become a teacher. Leapt for joy...notice here that St. John the Baptist, Elizabeth's child, is the first to experience the joys of Mary and Jesus. How might you pray better and be more attentive at Mass?2. God wants me to sacrifice even in small things, too. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. Do you see how God is working through them? While none of that is bad in itself, when we start to put the comforts of this world above the rewards of the next we move away from how Jesus lived His life and how He calls us to live ours. She “mined” meaning from everything that happened and searched untiringly for God's message.22. From a young age, her parents had dedicated her to the service of the Lord; now, this humble servant would devote her entire life to the Son of God. The angel never told Mary to go visit Elizabeth, but Mary went anyway. Reflect on Mary and Elizabeth's time together and their spiritual friendship. We are not called as Christ was, but we are called to follow Him, to take up our own crosses in imitation of Him and in obedience to God the Father. -Luke 1:79. Luke 2:6-7. But not Mary. This passage provides a strong argument against abortion as we see the presence and action of two unborn children. Reflect on that love.4. At first I was afraid because it was the first time an angel had ever come to me. Simeon was content after one glimpse of Christ. Nine months ago, she had given that first “yes” in the garden. Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus. Yet the Annunciation is not only about the humility of the Virgin Mary. In humility, she knew that her entire life depended on God; how could she turn down even this most remarkable of requests? The angel asks her if she would consent to be the mother of Jesus. For us he’s a short drive away, in the tabernacle. God knows I'm sorry for my sins"; "Fasting and abstinence are manmade laws"; "If I miss Mass one Sunday, God will understand." Place yourself at God's disposal and He will do great things for you and with you. It is true that you should respect your elders. In light of God's promise to Abraham, it can be deduced that God would grant to Mary a similar promise in the fact that she would have a multitude of spiritual children who would be counted among the elect. What is your attitude toward serving other people?4. He was among a group of elders, rabbis, and He was reading the Law with them. Ask her to help you trust that even if the path ahead is full of crosses, God will be walking with you. They lived in a tent outside Aleppo after their home was bombed, but unlike many other refugee families, every member survived and they remain together. (Intention: Aged and Social Justice) What impulse of love made you hurry to visit … } How is He working in your life?12. We also lift up to You all travelers, Lord. 488). I had a house. Ponder Mary's servanthood.3. Third Glorious Mystery - The Descent of The Holy SpiritFor the Confirmation Candidates of Our Lady of Fatima who are preparing to receive the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit next spring. We pray that we make time to regularly receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and resolve not to commit the same sins again. color: #ffffff !important; She replies: “I am the servant of the Lord. We went and we were filled with joy to worship God with His people. It is Christ in her that makes Mary attractive and that draws people’s attention. But Mary was not subject to the Law, because of the special circumstances of Christ's Birth. Lord, remind me that God never gives me a challenge I cannot handle (especially with your intercession Mother Mary). Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. Let us pray for the strength to not put our earthly desires ahead of our Heavenly needs. Mary went in haste. Have you ever experienced the fear of losing a child, even for a short time? margin-bottom:30px; Like Elizabeth, we should be eager to recognize Christ in others. background-color: #82531d !important; Can you think of some events in your life that turned out to be much more meaningful than you realized at first? When the days of her purification were fulfilled they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…Simeon blessed them and said to his Mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted; and thy own soul a sword shall pierce.”, Catechism of the Catholic Church: #527, 529. Have you ever lost Jesus? REFLECTIONMary gave birth to Jesus not only without modern-day comforts, but without even the limited comforts of her own day. The Fifth Joyful Mystery - The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple 5th Joyful Mystery - The Finding of Child Jesus in the Temple The Fifth Joyful Mystery- THE FINDING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE We pray that we are humble enough to allow God to be born into our hearts. -John 19:26-27. Mary recognized her role in salvation history and proclaimed that a prophecy had been fulfilled. Scripture ReferencesLuke 1:39-56; 1 Samuel 2:1-10; Genesis 18:1-15The Story in BriefThe archangel Gabriel had told Mary that her relative, Elizabeth, was expecting a baby. (Luke 1:26–33, 38). The most exquisite flowers sometimes take the longest to develop. He’s also the God of glory, angel choirs and supernovas. There are answers to these questions that are revealed to us, such as Solomon also having been wrapped in swaddling clothes (Wisdom 7: 4-6), making Solomon a type of Jesus while solidifying the identification of Jesus as a son of David. How do you honor Mary? To put it another way, God’s ways are not our ways. If you want to be among those who share in the resurrection, you must obey His commandments. At that instance, I remembered the prophesy of Isaiah. Like Christ, we must be about the Father's business in our own lives—at every moment of every day. Mary was married and her child was not her spouse’s. Once the blessing comes, we understand that the only way to understand God’s plan was to live it. So let us pray that we have the strength to live as Jesus did — humbling and meekly. An unknown, uncharted path opened before her … and her first steps were to someone in need! Mary was not making such a long journey to see if the sign the angel gave her was true. PRAY: We pray that even when our hearts are filled with our own joys and hardships, we will remember to reach out to and love our neighbors. So what does it mean to refer to the "days of her purification"? @media (max-width: 768px) { The Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, more often known as Christmas. My heart was torn in two: the sufferings predicted by Simeon were already starting. In addition, one may offer an intention for each of the mysteries. Jesus was missing three days. As I arrived at Zechariah's house, I greeted Elizabeth. Mary is like a magnifying glass. color: #f4f4f4 !important; We first see that Jesus was born in Jerusalem, the City of David, with a restatement from chapter 1 of Joseph’s lineage. Think about how the Jerusalem Temple was the center of Jewish worship. “I wash our clothes with my bare hands because we don’t have a washing machine,” Ashaa laments, remembering her previous life. We pray that we aren’t afraid to be visible and public witnesses of our faith. I was so filled with God's Love that I had to share my Joy with Elizabeth and her house hold.My children, never doubt that God can work a miracle in your Life even if things seem humanly impossible: all things are possible with God. Joseph and Mary assumed Jesus was with members of their close-knit extended family in which cousins were “brothers.”. We pray that we make an effort to attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Join in a perpetual rosary with others around the world. In response, Mary proclaimed her “Magnificat,” a beautiful song of praise to God for the mercies He was showing to Israel and the whole world. They even went beyond the letter of the Law because the whole family traveled to Jerusalem to observe the feast of Passover. They checked with friends and relatives first. margin-right:5px !important; Joseph went with the men and I with the women. There are many annunciation moments in our life, and sometimes we hesitate to say yes because we cannot foresee the future or control what will happen. This was a very emotional moment for Elizabeth, a very moving experience. Sakeena and the many other refugee children who bring hope to those around them point us to Christ.PRAY: We pray that we will see Christ in those around us, especially in the gift of children. We pray for the wanting to serve others rather than be served. "Did you not know that I must be about my father's business?" The Basheer family fled Syria just a few months ago when a bomb destroyed their home. When we entered the temple, there was a holy priest by the name of Simeon. It is clear here once again that Joseph and Mary lived in Poverty. For the Jewish people, God required certain feasts and sacrifices as well as travel to Jerusalem at various times during the year. God was giving me a taste of what my Son would be doing during His earthly ministry. You can follow this example by devout attendance at Mass where you offer Jesus to God. We pray that we accept that God’s ways are not always our ways but do lead us to ultimate happiness. Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity. What do you do when you don't understand?12. text-decoration: none !important; “The presentation of Jesus in the Temple shows him to be the firstborn son who belongs to the Lord” (Catechism, 529). We lift up to You all parents who are desperately seeking missing children. Try to grasp Elizabeth's mental and spiritual state.8. Mary was not a passive bystander in Salvation History. May it be done to me according to your word." Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word. When Simeon saw the child Jesus, he immediately recognized he was God. There was nothing of the self in Mary. The angel Gabriel’s words and Elizabeth’s together make up the bulk of the Hail Mary prayer. This is a powerful way to cover many things in the Holy Rosary recitation altogether. We must venerate her, for the Holy Spirit Who spoke through her says that all generations will call her blessed. If Mary can give up all worldly reputation to bear His Son, and His Son can empty Himself and, though sinless, die the death of sin on our behalf, how can we refuse to take up our cross and follow Him? Yet despite these glorious and majestic implications, the passage turns toward something quite surprising. “Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised. []. The angel assured me, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you: the shadow of the Most High will enwrap you and the child to be born of you will be called Son of God." You obey this command when you pray the Rosary and especially when you meditate upon this mystery, the Visitation. special prayer intentions for our country We offer this Rosary for the conversion and peace in our country; that all may live according to the teachings of our Catholic Church, so that families may recover the values of the Catholic faith and for the sanctification and needs of our beloved priests. For 12 years, they had been always at His side, their lives dedicated to Him in obedience to the Will of God. We bow our heads in silent adoration as we wait for Your Holy Spirit to fill us and teach us to speak and pray according to Your will.Praise – Jesus, we praise You! Mary knew that Jesus would one day be offered to God as a true sacrifice. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. Stay Connected. border: 1px solid #693a04 !important; God becomes a tiny embryo. But there are two sides to this coin. In this mystery, we recall how the angel Gabriel visited Our Lady. Do you look for deeper meanings in the events of your life? There is a parallel between this mystery and the sacrifice of Abraham which is found in Genesis 22:1-18. And it was enough to attract a lot of attention. Can an author of a book truly, literally, fully become a character in his or her own book? I am with you to pray with you. Mary adopted the attitude of service and offered an immediate response to an order not explicitly given. He will give me wisdom if I spend time with him in the tabernacle. Come pray the rosary! } In this mystery, ask Mary to give you a deep trust in the one who invites you to follow. He wants to use me in the same way. padding:0px !important ; Jesus looked at me with Love and yet with conviction and He said to me, "But why were you looking for Me? As the body of our Lord is growing in her own womb, Mary spends three months caring for Elizabeth, leaving only shortly before the birth of Saint John the Baptist. Luke 2:22, 34, 35. We pray that we continue to pray even when we doubt God answers us. Pray for religious vocations. Reflection: In the quiet of a garden, God proposes (through an angel) and a woman accepts. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? While meditating on the mysteries, Catholics also pray for those fruits or virtues. . Mary risked a lot because she had faith in God’s goodness. How do you worship the Lord? Do I recognize that they are a temporary gift from God and that I should care for them with my life? “Even the closest of human relationships are challenged by the absolute demands of the Kingdom” (John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 20), Jesus’ obedience to his mother and legal father fulfills the fourth commandment perfectly and mirrors his obedience to his Father in heaven” (Catechism, 532). There will be plenty of time to think of herself and her Child later; for now, Mary's thoughts lie only with her cousin, and with the child who will become the Forerunner of Christ. They had been hearing explosions and gunfire nearly every day. May also be substituted for the Glorious Mysteries on the Sundays from Epiphany until Lent, if desired. God will manifest His power if we believe. The Annunciation. Her husband, Joseph, was also in a difficult spot. He had a human soul and a human will as well as a human body. []. As I was hearing Him, there was an amount of joy: joy to hear my Son teaching. Many of us tend to focus all year long on living in a nice home, driving a fancy car, and having that dream job. God even used the oppression of the Roman government to bring about your salvation: because in this time of oppression, my Son, your Savior, was born. } background-color:#2b2b2b !important; The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ’s life. First Glorious Mystery - The Resurrection"Blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe.” Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. Prayer, Prayer, and More PrayerBlessing and adoration – Dearest Jesus, we kneel before You in silent adoration, blessing You for Your wisdom and love. Hundreds of miles away from Rome, the seat of power in this world, the true king of kings was born. We thank You for dialoguing with us. Yet this is what God has done: truly, literally, fully. 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