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THE FIRST MYSTERY OF LIGHT
Our Lord’s Baptism in the Jordan

And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

-Matthew 3:16-17

On the banks of the Jordan River, the prophet John spoke of the coming of the Messiah. And then the Messiah came – to that same river to be baptized by John. No one could have expected it, and John could not see the sense of it. But Jesus insisted, and from heaven, God’s view of things was made clear. Through God’s Son, a world darkened by sin would be newly lit by love. Jesus’ embrace of His humanity means that human nature, one fallen, can be transformed. The ministry of the Word made Flesh, the Light in Darkness, had begun.

We pray for the grace to be open to the transforming power of God in our human hearts.

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THE SECOND MYSTERY OF LIGHT
Our Lord’s Self-Manifestation at the Wedding of Cana

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”-John 2:5Jesus and Mary are in Cana, attending a wedding celebration, when the hosts run out of wine. Mary hears this and turns to Jesus with the news. He first tells her that His hour has not yet come, but Mary tells the servants to obey him nonetheless. At Jesus’ request, the jars used for ritual purification are filled with water. Then the liquid inside is tasted. It is wine  and Jesus has given them the best wine.

Our lives are darkened by suffering. Through signs such as these miracles of nature and healing Jesus brings light into that darkness and God’s loving presence into our pain, no matter how great or small.

We ask for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for all our needs.

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THE THIRD MYSTERY OF LIGHT
Our Lord Proclaims the Kingdom of God
and Calls Us to Conversion

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”-Mark 1:14-15Jesus walks the roads and shores with the Good News: The moment you have yearned for has arrived. All God’s promises are fulfilled, and His kingdom of love and mercy is here. Jesus calls the apostles by name and invites them to follow Him. They say yes.

Through His preaching and miracles, Jesus proclaims the kingdom. Through His call to repentance, He offers mercy and forgiveness. The call offers the light of hope, even in the darkest moments, for those who say yes.

We pray for a spirit of repentance and a deeper trust
in God’s mercy as we seek His kingdom in all our actions.

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THE FOURTH MYSTERY OF LIGHT
Our Lord’s Transfiguration

Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white.-Luke 9:28-29On Mount Tabor, the glory of God shines forth through Jesus. The awed apostles want to preserve the moment by building booths for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. But as they are enveloped in the cloud of God’s presence and hear God’s command to listen to Jesus, they fall silent, and the visible light fades.

In Jesus, our weak eyes are given the gift of being able to behold God. We also can see who we really are in the brightness of that light. The darkness of the world breaks, and we can see that there is more here than meets the eye.

We pray for the grace to let the transforming light of God’s presence illuminate our vision.

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THE FIFTH MYSTERY OF LIGHT
Our Lord’s Institution of the Eucharist
as the Sacramental Expression of the Paschal Mystery

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”

-Matthew 26:26

In the midst of the Passover meal, Jesus takes the ancient symbols of bread and wine in His hands. He holds the sign of God’s power to free His people from bondage and sheds new, brilliant light on them. Now they are Him, His own body and blood, broken and shed to free us from the most terrible bondage of all: the chains of sin, the dark prison of death.

Jesus shares the gift of Himself in the Eucharist. Joined to Him our lives are transformed with the light of love, and we are nourished to share that light with a darkened, hungry world.

We pray for a deeper faith in the Real Presence and the great gift we receive in the Eucharist.