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Thursday, February 18, 2016

5 Reasons Why It's Now Absolutely Absurd To Ignore The Luminous Mysteries

The mysteries of the rosary cover the life of Our Lord's birth, death, and Resurrection. In 2002, Pope John Paul II Great added the 5 Luminous Mysteries to the Most Holy Rosary. After all, it only made sense that while meditating on the life of Christ, you meditate on the gigantic part in the middle where Jesus, you know, actually lived.

With the humility of His birth we learn about God's grace and the extraordinary lengths that he will go through to accomplish the salvation of man. His death and Resurrection are the fulfillment of this accomplishment!

Despite this, some insist that the originals were enough. And I felt, for the longest time, that while it didn't make sense to me, their prayer preferences were their own business. Personally, the Glorious are my favorite! But the fact is we are in trouble in a myriad of ways and the Luminous Mysteries have much that we need.

Even if you pray the Rosary, and the Luminous Mysteries occasionally, there are some compelling reasons why you shouldn't skip Thursday!

1. Our Current Crisis of Faith: 

The first Luminous Mystery is the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.
i 13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.
14* John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”15 Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.16* j After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened [for him], and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove [and] coming upon him.17 And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son,* with whom I am well pleased.”k (Mat 3:13-17)
 This is the apex of our mission, one that we are failing by and large right now. How can we reject meditating on this beautiful mystery? The words of John are precisely where we need our hearts to be "I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?" John was astonished that Jesus requested baptism, because he was aware of his iniquities. But also, this saint was thrown for a loop because the long awaited Messiah sought out lowly him.  

This is the inspiration that we want to populate the hearts and minds of Christians and non-Christians alike, 'The Lord is coming to lowly me?' Its a source of awe that wins hardened hearts. In fact, the hardened hearts are hit hardest by this dawning, if only we can get it across. Our evangelization efforts ought to be coupled with this remembrance, and our prayers with this Mystery.

Reason no. 2 NEXT THURSDAY

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