Pray the Rosary to dearly see Jesus

October 7, 2022 – Memorial of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

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Many have become accustomed in wearing or bringing rosary beads and keeping them in wallets, bags, pockets or cars. Some would consider it as a spiritual weapon. Others would even believe that it is an amulet or a lucky charm. In fact, the rosary is the most handy religious item we have as Catholics and one of the most common things that many of us bring.

Today, the whole Church honors Mary, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, a feast that reminds us of the importance of this popular and ancient devotion. Actually, using beads as a way of praying is not unique to us Christians. Even Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Sikhism and others use prayer beads as a form of devotion. Thus, this is something that we share with other religious traditions.

But for us, what is the significance of the devotion in praying the rosary in our Christian faith? The rosary which comes from the word “rose,” is indeed, not just any amulet or a lucky charm that we could just bring around or wear to ward off some evil spirits. It is also not a way of bargaining with God that in praying the rosary, then, God will be obliged to grant our requests. This is also not a mere decoration of our identity but a tool for us to contemplate the life of our Lord Jesus and how he calls us today.

The rosary has its own rich history and developed later on into a religious instrument for us to carry in order to pray easily the mysteries of our faith. Moreover, the rosary reminds us of the life of Jesus and the participation of his mother Mary whose life is so significant in the story of our salvation.

This is how the mysteries assigned in each decade allow us to reflect on the actions of God within our story, within our human experiences. Just take for example the latest addition to the mysteries of the rosary, “The Mysteries of Light” which were added by St. John Paul II in October 2002.

“The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan” tells us how the Spirit of God coming from heaven in a form of a dove confirms and affirms the identity of Jesus as the beloved Son of the Father to whom we are called to listen.

“The Self-Revelation of Jesus at the marriage in Cana” where Mary his mother played an important role telling the servants to “listen to whatever he tells you.” It was through Mary’s intervention that Jesus revealed the glory in him for the couple in Cana. That self-revelation of Jesus tells us of the abundance of grace that Jesus brings to us and of Mary’s role in the story of our redemption.

“The Announcement of the Kingdom of God with the Call to Conversion” is a time of grace in which we are all invited to be in the presence of God. This implies that we too are called to embrace God’s mercy and forgiveness by humbly recognizing our sins and failures.

“The Transfiguration of Jesus” calls us to be also transfigured into the image of Christ whose glory has touched us. Again, it was in this event in the life of Jesus that we are once again called by the Father “to listen to him.” Indeed, in listening to Jesus that we are empowered to be transformed into his likeness since we too are all God’s beloved.

“The Institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper as the Sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery” calls us to make the memory of Jesus ever alive in our life and in the life of the Church. Thus, every time we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, Jesus’ life is not just remembered as something from the distant past, but allowing the Lord to be intimately with us, among us and in us in the here and now.

Indeed, these mysteries of light allow us to discover and contemplate how God brings light into our lives, to break the darkness of sin and to embrace us with the joy that his presence brings today.

Thus, pray the rosary that our heart and mind may change according to God’s desire for us and not the other way around. Pray the rosary and develop it into a habit but not merely to just murmur prayers, but as our way to realize God’s divine revelation in our life. Pray the rosary with our Mother Mary who is our powerful companion that we may dearly see Jesus and discern clearly His desire for us. Kabay pa.


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