These mysteries are about the public ministry of Jesus when He was teaching the apostles about the work they, and we, should do to continue the work of saving and healing that He started and made possible through His death and resurrection.
The Baptism of Jesus
At His baptism in the Jordan Jesus is revealed as the one we have all been waiting for, and given the approval of God through the appearance of the Holy Spirit. Every Baptised person is part of His ministry and we may like to offer this decade for all baptised Christians regardless of where they go to church.
The marriage feast at Cana
In St John’s gospel this is the first great sign of the power and bounty of God. It is about the importance of all human relationships, with other people, between people and God in prayer, and between the church and God in the celebration of our belief. We cannot be Christian in isolation and should value and care for all relationships, especially marriage.
The preaching of the Kingdom
This is the challenging bit. Telling people to love their enemies, do good to those who hate them and forgive wrongdoers does not sound like a popular way of responding to life’s difficulties; but it is surprising how often and successfully these strategies work. Love and acceptance work much better than distinctions and divisions. We could pray for missionaries as they try to bring peace and healing all over the world.
Not many people see Jesus in all His glory. There were only three apostles present on Mount Tabor that day. Throughout the history of the church a handful of great saints have had visions of God and Our Lady that have become powerful signs of the love of God, still present in our history. Many shrines and devotions have sprung up in response to these visions. They comfort and strengthen all the faithful. We should thank God for them and the strength they give us.
The institution of the Eucharist
At the last supper Jesus gave us a sign to show that He will always be present in us and with us. He blessed bread, broke it into pieces and shared it. When we eat the host, we know with our senses that Christ has come into us. When we hear the words of consecration, we repeat the community meal that binds us as one. The inward grace is there even if the outward sign is missing.