October is the month of the Rosary.
As we pray the rosary we meditate on the Mysteries,
episodes from the life and death of Jesus and Our Lady.
St John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries to
the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries.
This October let us pray the rosary daily with one Mystery each day.The pattern from Sunday to Saturday is: Glorious; Joyful; Sorrowful; Glorious; Luminous; Sorrowful and Joyful.
The Joyful Mysteries show how different people responded to the news of God’s coming among us:
The Annunciation: Mary agrees to God’s plan that His Son will be born a helpless baby.
The Visitation: John the Baptist leaps for joy in Elizabeth’s womb when Mary visits.
The Nativity: learned men worship the baby Jesus alongside illiterate shepherds.
The Presentation: an old priest recognises the baby Jesus as the Saviour and knows his work is done – but Mary is told that a sword will pierce her heart.
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple: Jesus goes missing for three days.
The Mysteries of Light (the Luminous Mysteries) are episodes in Jesus’ life:
The Baptism in the River Jordan: We are Baptised, as Jesus was. Do we act in accordance with the trust God puts in us?
The Wedding Feast at Cana; Jesus shows that the love between man and woman, son and mother, is worthy of miraculous blessing.
The Preaching of the coming of the Kingdom of God: Jesus shows us what to aim for
The Transfiguration: Jesus’ true glory is revealed to three apostles
The Institution of the Holy Eucharist: Jesus lays the foundation for the ongoing evolution of the church, and the vocation of priesthood
The Sorrowful Mysteries: The salvation of the world can only come through suffering. In the sorrowful mysteries Jesus both shares in our suffering and shows us how great good can be achieved through failure. Jesus shares with us the agony of decision-making and the pain of injury and mockery, and then He takes up the cross. No longer a victim suffering at the hands of others, in the way of the Cross Jesus completes his ministry and brings it to fruition, repeating many of the activities of the public ministry.
The Glorious Mysteries: After death comes resurrection. We all fail, nobody lives up to the true perfection of Christianity, but after the winter time of failure and lack of success we grow like a plant in spring, following the example of the church and saints.
First the shoot appears – Resurrection.
Then the stem reaches to heaven – Ascension.
Leaves grow and the plant becomes able to feed itself – the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Now Mary is taken up into heaven like a perfect rose picked for a vase. Legions follow her example, heaven fills with flowers and butterflies suck the nectar – Mary, queen of the angels and saints.