May 12, 2021 3 min read
1st MYSTERY OF LIGHT: THE BAPTISM OF JESUS IN THE JORDAN
The first mystery of light takes us along the Jordan, where John the Baptist is preaching and is inviting people to conversion of heart and obedience to the commandments, which are the sure signposts for not harming ourselves.
John sees Jesus; Jesus, who is approaching, enlightened from above exclaims: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold the one who takes away the sin of the world.” St. John Chrysostom, while reflecting on these words, pronounced this exclamation: if we want to overcome the wolves, and there are many of them, we must become lambs. This is God's logic: we must believe in the power of goodness, because it is God's power. Let us think about it while we pray.
2nd MYSTERY OF LIGHT: THE WEDDING FEAST OF CANA
The second mystery of light takes us to Cana in Galilee, to a wedding feast. And Jesus is present to emphasize the importance of the family, to remind us that God invented the family, and the family is irreplaceable. Just think, in 1990, after 62 years, Mother Teresa of Calcutta returned to her homeland. By then, her mother had also died, without ever having been able to see her again. When she set foot in Albania, the first thing she asked was: take me to my mother's tomb. She prayed and then in front of everyone she said: “without the example of my mother and without the example of my father, there would never have been Mother Teresa of Calcutta.”How important is the example of parents.
O Mary today we are reliving the story of Cana. The family is in danger. The family is struggling: Please, intervene with your intercession as Mother; defend the family; save the family, which sometimes seems to have lost its mission. O Mary, pray for families, sothey may be a faithful mirror of God's love in front oftheir children. Amen.
3rd MYSTERY OF LIGHT: THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The third mystery of light shows us Jesus who is walking the streets of Palestine, proclaiming the beatitudes, which with the passing of the centuries are ever more beautiful, ever more true, ever more luminous. Think that this was clear even to people not very close to the Christian faith, such as the philosopher Georg Hegel, who had the honesty to say: “Christ is the hinge of history.” Challenging words. And another great philosopher, such as Immanuel Kant, added that the gospel, that is Jesus, is the source of all our civilization. Let those who fight Jesus, who fight the Gospel, remember this. And let us thank God for the great gift of having met Jesus and having believed in Him.
4th MYSTERY OF LIGHT: THE TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS ON MOUNT TABOR
The fourth mystery of light takes us to Mount Tabor. Jesus shows the apostles the splendor and beauty of His divinity. The Apostles are enchanted, fascinated, especially Peter. In faith, we, from down here, can attempt to perceive what paradise is, waiting to be able to enter and fully enjoy the infinite beauty of God.
5th MYSTERY OF LIGHT: THE INSTITUTION OF THE EUCHARIST
The fifth mystery of light takes us to the Upper Room. Jesus, before leaving this world, gives us two precious pearls. The first precious pearl is the commandment of love, which Jesus calls -my commandment- which is this: “Love one another as I have loved you.” The strength is in that -as-. We could say: Jesus, it is not possible to live this commandment. But it is possible, because Jesus adds another gift: the gift of the Mass, the gift of the Eucharist. If we live it with faith, the Eucharist is a transfusion of God's love. This is the great novelty that Jesus brought into the world.
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