That is what the word Eucharist means, thanksgiving. Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our … In this sense, Our Lord’s public ministry is truly luminous. In fact, he called on all of us: Meditation on the Luminous Mysteries helps us to rediscover not only the Rosary but the person of Jesus Christ. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. We shall be like Him for we shall 'see' Him as He is? We are being transfigured in Christ. Jesus proceeded immediately into the wilderness to fast and pray, and when He heard that John had been arrested, He began to preach: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:115). "At the announcement that she would give birth to "the Son of the Most High" without... Read More, Mary's Prayer teaches us to stay afloat in the ocean of life, with all of its undertows. He initiates the relationship, and it continues through our communion with Him in prayer, His Word, the sacraments and our life in the Church. All comments are moderated. Luminous means light. 2. In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches the clergy lead the faithful to rivers and bless the waters. Experiencing the Public Ministry of Jesus Christ. This language of spousal love, of nuptiality, is also present in this overshadowing... Read More, Since the Virgin Mary's role in the mystery of Christ and the Spirit has been treated, it is fitting now to consider her place in the mystery of the Church. The Apostle Peter writes in his second letter to the dispersed early Christians that we become 'partakers of the divine nature' (2 Peter 1:4). Those mysteries were the Luminous Mysteries. This transfiguration will only be complete when the entire person, including the body, is fully redeemed and transformed. However, this One who came from eternity and took upon Himself the limitations of time, was about to open the portal of eternity to all of us who are being re-created in Him. Out of His love He fed their physical hunger. We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy miracle at the wedding… This counsel is a fitting introduction to the words and signs of Christ's public ministry - and it forms the Marian foundation of all the 'mysteries of light' (Blessed John Paul II, RVM 21)'. In the great liturgical prayer of the East the Church proclaims: 'When Thou, O Lord was baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest... O Christ our God who has appeared and enlightened the world, Glory to Thee.". But saying the mysteries is really no mystery at all, because each so-called mystery refers to a different passage in the life of Christ or Mary, His mother. She is a universal sign, sacrament and seed of the kingdom of God. The prayers of a Mother are powerful. Our Lord warns us when He says: `he that is not with Me is against Me, and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth.' By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; thus will I test them, to see whether they follow my instructions or not... and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread, so that you may know that I, the LORD, am your God' (Exodus 16). The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. We become a 'manifestation', an 'epiphany' of God in a world stumbling along in the darkness of sin. Our destiny is prefigured prophetically in Christian marriage. It is a kingdom of repentance, service and love. We have been created, - spiritually as well as physically - for the gift of ourselves to the other. Yet it was through His public ministry that Christ primarily revealed both His own identity and His invitation to enter the Kingdom of God. Yet so we are. The New Evangelization requires an authentic renewal of the Church so that she can undertake such a new missionary outreach to the world. What was once the means of God's judgment at the time of Noah has become the fountain where men and women are delivered from sin and made new! He loved all who were His own in this world (John 13:1). For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." In 2002 Pope John Paul II said that it is fitting that a new set of five be added, termed the Luminous Mysteries, bringing the total number of mysteries to 20. The three apostles fell on their faces in awe. The Baptism of Christ. The Luminous Mysteries or mysteries of light (added by Pope St. John Paul II) focus on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. When Blessed John Paul visited the Americas he wrote a letter " To the Church in America" in which we find these words: "The new Evangelization calls for a clearly conceived, serious, and well organized effort to evangelize culture. However, for those who have not yet delved into the new Luminous Mysteries, I’d like to introduce them to you here. Jesus arrived from Galilee and came to John at the river of … The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ as the Father commands the astonished Apostles to 'listen to him' (cf. Its singular intent is to communicate the profound "mystery" of Christian marriage - God thought first of the spousal union of Christ and His bride, the Church, and He then made husband and wife look like it! Listen to him." The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. This event on the Mountain was meant to strengthen the faith of these three disciples. It is used in reference to worship and means to be set aside or set apart for God. Read More, Mary is "full of grace," because it is precisely in her that the Incarnation of the Word, the hypostatic union of the Son of God with human nature, is accomplished and fulfilled. To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, Woman, behold, your son." The beloved disciple John wrote in His first letter: 'See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Peter and those with him had fallen into a deep sleep; but awakening, they saw his glory and likewise saw the two men who were standing with him. News, analysis & spirituality by email, twice-weekly from CatholicCulture.org. The Transfiguration gave more than a fleeting glimpse of Christ in glory. The good of the human relationship of marriage becomes a real, substantial participation in Trinitarian Love! We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. These three together totaled 150 Hail Marys: originally meant to correspond to the 150 Psalms. Reveal Light Of Jesus, Bringing Peace In Your Life. Read More, Mary was there at the Incarnation, Birth, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of God Incarnate. However in Christian Marriage, through its participation in and with Jesus Christ, it is all elevated and transformed. The blessing of heaven soon became their cause for complaint. Living in that Church, which the Fathers called 'the world reconciled' and the seed of the coming Kingdom, we are sent out for the sake of the world. Yet the role she assumed at Cana in some way accompanies Christ throughout his ministry. Yes, as so many beautiful writings in the Tradition remind us, the Lord wanted to encourage them - and to encourage us. Indeed, through the Eucharist we gain a new mode of life: “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Lk 22:20). In the waters of the Jordan, the Trinity, the Communion of Divine persons, in perfect unity, is revealed. If you donate just $5.00, or whatever you can, Catholic Online could keep thriving for years. It is also a continuing call to conversion and transformation as St. Paul reminds us in the second reading of our liturgy this morning. The Gospels make only the briefest reference to her occasional  presence at  one moment  or  other  during the preaching of Jesus (cf. When we live in Him, we grow in holiness and manifest His glory for others. The First Luminous Mystery. Only a Church fully alive in the Lord and filled with His Spirit can carry out such an evangelical mission. Through our own baptism we are incorporated into Christ. The heavens open and the Holy Spirit appears as a sign of the beginning of the new creation in each new life. Read More, To understand Mary in the Tradition of the Church we have to understand what is meant by the word "Tradition" - and why it matters. The Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ is profoundly public. The First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism in the Jordan. We are invited to exercise our freedom, to choose to give thanks by living our lives differently, beginning right now. They appeared in glory and spoke of his passage, which he was about to fulfill in Jerusalem. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them... Read More, My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid; For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed... Read More, But at daybreak on the first day of the week they took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. Illustrations and suggested points of reflection from our booklet Praying the Rosary Without Distractions available from our on-line store. 'Yet this truth emerges in a special way during the years of his public life, when he proclaims the Gospel of the Kingdom. In his first Letter to the early Churches, he encouraged them to persevere and live differently by referring to the event that occurred on that Mountain. This is the path of all who bear His name. The early Christians would have never understood the notion in some contemporary Christian circles that anyone could follow Jesus and not "need" the Church. Let us be a people living in communion, through Him, with Him in the Unity and power of the Holy Spirit. Story of The Luminous Mysteries. Mystery of light: The Self-revelation of the Lord at the Wedding Feast of Cana. In the closing paragraphs of Rosarium Virginis Mariae, he enjoins bishops and priests, theologians, and those in consecrated life to lead the way in the restoration of this great and fruitful prayer. SCRIPTURE: The Wedding at Cana. It is the Eucharist that forms the Church into one body with Christ as its Head, and the Eucharist which fires our souls so that we can love each other and God with all the power of Divine charity. In its traditional form, the Rosary is finely balanced with the 150 Psalms in the Psalter, with the seven days of the week, with the seasons of the Church Year, and with the three stages of the spiritual life as understood in Catholic Mysticism. We enter into His Mystical Body, the Church. Heal … Let us set up three booths, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He was revealing to them what had already begun; and giving them a vision that would forever change the way they viewed themselves, their daily lives and their mission, after He would return to the Father. Peter would later write of this experience: "His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Again, the Voice was heard: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Mt 17:5). Symbolically, all water is sanctified when God the Son is immersed into it. This same Jesus offered on the Cross, Raised from the dead, Ascended to the Father... that very same Jesus comes to us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity and takes up residence within us. God's love is a Love of Gift. Read More, "I am the handmaiden (servant) of the Lord; let it be to me according to your Word." The Eastern Christian emphasis, both doctrinally and devotionally, is... Read More, Among the multiple and profound references to Mary, the Mother of God, found in the writings of the early Church Fathers is one of my favorites in the Cappadocian, Gregory of Nyssa... Read More, Among the titles given to Mary is "Queen of all the Saints". On that Mountain, Jesus revealed before mortal eyes the Transcendent Truth of who He is - and who Peter, James and John ...and each one of us - will become in Him. We upload a new prayer video every Saturday morning! "Take this and eat it," he said. The Transfiguration gave more than a fleeting glimpse of Christ in glory. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. That Kingdom is like a mustard seed, a pearl of great price, a dragnet, a vineyard. The Glorious mysteries are said on Sunday and Wednesday, the Joyful on Monday and Saturday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Luminous on Thursday. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. From antiquity, the Christian church has pointed to the Baptism of the Lord in the river of Jordan, as the event wherein the full plan of God for His Church and the entirety of creation itself is made manifest. We will all be transfigured, as the Lord Himself was transfigured, when our redemption is complete in the Resurrection of the Body. The Lord of the harvest is calling workers to the New Evangelization of His Church. Interesting as well is the fact that the Pope has called these mysteries from Christ's public life “the Mysteries of Light”, the same title given originally by Fr Preca when he first proposed them in 1957. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOMOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. The Christian vocation is real a "participation in the Divine Nature." Composed of The Baptism in the Jordan, the Wedding of Canaa, the Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Transfiguration, and the Institution of the Eucharist. Our participation in the Eucharistic Liturgy and reception of this Living bread and saving Cup is an invitation into the very inner life of God, the communion of love which is the Holy Trinity. The Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas once wrote: 'Material food first of all turns itself into the person who eats it, and as a consequence, restores his losses and increases his vital energies. This is the task of the "New Evangelization.". It is not only the beginning of the Lord's public ministry, it is the beginning of the new creation, re-constituted in Him. Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." We are invited to live our lives now in communion with the Father and in the Holy Spirit through Him. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. In Christ, all water has been sanctified. Each of these mysteries points the believer to the central meaning of the Mission of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. 3. the parishoner who explained in assertive terms that the Luminous Mysteries did not come from "Mary". Mary's way is to become an ark within, where the same God who became incarnate within her... Read More, "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you... Read More, From the earliest theological reflections in Christian history we find the defense of the most important of the titles of Mary, "Theotokos" in Greek. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Nature is for grace and the order of creation is transformed by the order of redemption. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure - as He is pure (1 John 3:1-3). It must be given away in love. It also calls each of us to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. The mystery of light par excellence is the Transfiguration, traditionally believed to have taken place on Mount Tabor. In 2002, Blessed John Paul II released an apostolic letter on the 'Rosary of the Virgin Mary' (RVM) in which he referred to the Rosary as a 'compendium of the Gospel'. The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is why St Paul's letter to the Ephesians is such a fertile ground for instruction on Christian marriage. Copyright 2021 Catholic Online. The Luminous Mysteries. The Church, in the words of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, is a "seed of the kingdom" to come. The gift of His Spirit and His love are meant for each and every people and culture, in order to bring them all into unity after the perfect unity existing in the Triune God" (Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia in America, 70). The God who had fed His chosen people Israel manna, satisfying their physical hunger, now offered Jesus Christ, the Living Bread from heaven, to satisfy the deepest spiritual hunger of every man, woman and child. He was grounding them in the eternal Truth, and opening up for the countless millions who would hear this story from their faithful witness a glimpse of the Glory that is to come as we also choose Him in our daily lives. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need … It is within this understanding that consecrated celibacy is a prophetic and eschatological participation in that eternal union. Then, as loyal sons and daughters of that Church, He is calling us into the fields of contemporary culture which are ripe and ready for harvest. It is a kingdom of the heart, not of this world, into which we are adopted by God the Father. Light helps us to understand. But, as He does with all of us, Jesus “came and touched them, saying, ‘Rise, and have no fear’” (Mt 17:7). Read More, I found that every one of the great influences in my Christian life from that communion of saints to which we are all joined was profoundly "Marian". There is a nuptial meaning to life. In 2002 the pope added the Luminous Mysteries to the rosary, and in his apostolic letter, “Rosarium Virginis Mariae,” explained the fittingness of these “mysteries of light.”. John is baptizing in the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance. Many of us came to Faith primarily through our parents’ confidence that the Resurrection really happened, that Jesus founded a Church, that Catholicism is true. John the Baptist was the first to recognize him as the One who was to come after him, the Lamb of God, whose sandals he was not worthy to carry. Read More, From antiquity the early Christians reflected on a "mystery" of the faith- how the Incarnation of Jesus Christ came about through the free cooperation of this little Virgin of Nazareth... Read More, She was the first evangelizer and the first disciple of her Son Jesus. Christ’s first recorded miracle, the first sign by which He manifested His Divine power, was performed at a wedding feast in Cana, when the wedding party ran out of wine. In the first creation, God created the heavens and the earth through the Son. We each receive the Holy Spirit in a special way in Baptism and again at Confirmation. That can happen to us when we fail to cultivate our relationship with the Lord who now gives us Bread from Heaven. Most people donate because Catholic Online is useful. As they lived their lives no longer for themselves but for Him they began to undergo their own trials and walked the way to their own transfiguration. It truly is good for us to be here. They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. Yet, sadly, these same people who had received this provision soon began to murmur and complain to Moses about God's provision. See full bio. When Pope John Paul II proposed a new set of mysteries of the Rosary in 2002, he wished to make the Rosary even more into a compendium of the Gospel. And a voice came from Heaven saying "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." Also available in our store: the booklet Scripturally Based Rosary, ideal for individual study and prayer. Born again, we are all invited to join with Peter, James and John and cry out in our day: "It is good for us to be here.". We live our Christian life now always as a part of the Church. It is the "immediate" or "unmediated" spousal love of God, in Christ, made possible in the here and now by grace. In His outstretched arms, the Savior gathered the world to Himself on the Second Tree of the Cross where creation began anew. Yet so we are. The Lord Jesus has shown us the way up the mountain. This process of conversion and transformation begins at our Baptism. It stands for modernity, and modernity supports liberation and freedom. In summary, far from being a benefit, this new set of Luminous Mysteries caused a serious damage. The Bread Jesus gives is His flesh for the Life of the world. 2:5). The Baptism of Jesus: Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. The waters of the Jordan are sanctified by the Son. Into these waters, through which the people of Israel were once delivered, the entire human race is now invited to follow Jesus in every Baptismal Font, in every Church, for all eternity. It is translated God-bearer... Read More, In a beautiful apostolic exhortation entitled the Sacrament of Love, issued in 1997, Pope Benedict XVI wrote these words under a section entitled The Eucharist and the Virgin Mary... Read More, Throughout his pontificate, Blessed John Paul II called for this "New Evangelization." He erected a Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization tasked with evangelizing countries where the Gospel was announced centuries ago, but where its presence in peoples' daily life seems to be all but lost. So they said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always." Mk 2:3-13; Lk 7:47- 48): the inauguration of that ministry of mercy which he continues to exercise until the end of the world, particularly through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which he has entrusted to his Church (cf. Proclaiming the Kingdom. The Creator who spoke those waters into being through the Son, in Him condescended to take on our humanity and be immersed in the waters of the Jordan! The Glorious Mysteries celebrate His triumph over sin and death, including the corresponding triumph of His Blessed Mother. It makes excellent spiritual reading, and it has spurred many to incorporate the Luminous Mysteries into their regular round of rosaries, generally on Thursdays as the Pope suggested. The Pope pointed out that the traditional Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries, while commemorating signal events in salvation history, tended to ignore Our Lord’s public ministry. It … Also available in our store: the booklet Praying the Rosary Without Distractions. Grow, and you shall feed upon me. In one of his reflections on this woman whom he loved with such devotion, Blessed john Paul II proclaimed "This woman of faith... Read More, We were made to give ourselves away to the Lord and, in Him, for others. October 16th 2002 marked the 24th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's papal election.On this day he published an apostolic letter in which he proposed five new mysteries to the Rosary. The effects of the transfiguration involve the entire created order; it too will finally be reconstituted in Jesus Christ and handed back to the Father. Pray for the fruit of: Seeking Jesus through Mary. This is not intended as a criticism. In proposing to the Christian community five significant moments - 'luminous' mysteries - during this phase of Christ's life, I think that the following can be fittingly singled out: '(1) his Baptism in the Jordan, (2) his self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana, (3) his proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with his call to conversion, (4) his Transfiguration, and finally, (5) his institution of the Eucharist, as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery. The Second Luminous Mystery . Peter hardly knew what to say. Through the profundity of His teaching and the staggering power of His miracles, Our Lord changes the focus of all He meets, turning them back to the Father. And as a consequence it has the double effect of restoring the spiritual losses caused by sins and defects and of increasing the power of the virtues'. Francis of Assissi, Bernard of Clairvaux... Read More, Christian Scripture calls the "more excellent way", the way of Love. Only a holy, faith filled Catholic Church can bring the current culture of death, use and darkness to a conversion and transformation. Meditating on the mysteries. When the voice fell silent, Jesus was there alone. Pope Benedict XVI has made this a central pillar of his pontificate. Read More, Marian prayer and piety developed very early in the history of the undivided Christian Church of the first millennium. God fashioned us out of love and for love. The word in Greek is "Theotokos". He birthed the New Israel of the Church from the blood and water which flowed from His wounded side. Then from the cloud came a voice which said, "This is my Son, my Chosen One. On that Altar of Divine Love on Golgotha, the place of the skull, death was defeated through death. The new mysteries of the Rosary, called "Mysteries of Light," are a message of enlightenment in their own right. The Church is not some-thing, but Some-One, in whom we now live and breathe and have our being. 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