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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.”
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.
THE SECOND MYSTERY OF LIGHT
Our Lord’s Self-Manifestation at the Wedding of Cana
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.
THE THIRD MYSTERY OF LIGHT
Our Lord Proclaims the Kingdom of God
and Calls Us to Conversion
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.
THE FOURTH MYSTERY OF LIGHT
Our Lord’s Transfiguration
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.
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.”
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.