The mysteries of the Rosary : part 2

In part 1, we looked at the five joyful mysteries; in part 2, we shall reflect together on the mysteries of light. The five mysteries of Light highlights the life and ministry of Jesus; it is an exposition of the identity, power, authority and mission of Jesus Christ. The five mysteries of light are: Baptism, proclamation of the word, wedding at Cana, the transfiguration and the institution of the Holy Eucharist.

(1) BAPTISM OF JESUS: This is the first of the mysteries of Light. When John was baptizing in the River Jordan, Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John.

   BAPTISM OF JESUS  (c) gardenof
(c) gardenof
Though John hesitated but he eventually baptized him at Jesus’ insistence (Mt. 3:13-17). The baptism of Jesus is a revelation of who he is; his identity and his mission. John said that he will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire, while the Father’s voice was heard, saying, “this is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”. Jesus actually needed no baptism, but he accepted it as an approval of it and to sanctify the water for our use. Are you baptized? do you know he who was revealed by the Father? Pray that the Holy Spirit may lead you into deeper knowledge of God and ask the Holy Mother of Jesus to help you.

(2) THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD: After the baptism and temptations of Jesus Christ, he begins his ministry. His mission was to proclaim the word of God, to preach repentance and the forgiveness of sins and to die for our salvation. The mission started in Galilee and the message he proclaimed was: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mt. 4:12-17).

 JESUS TEACHING (c) thework of
(c) thework of
The word of God is God (Jn.1:1); Jesus proclaimed himself to the world, the light that darkness cannot overcome. As we meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary, we stand on the authority of the word of God. Jesus reveals himself to us daily in his word and Mary his mother treasured these words in her heart. Let us daily call on Mary to help us meditate on the word of God as she did.

(3) THE WEDDING AT CANA: This is the first of Jesus’ miracle and it was performed in a wedding in Cana. Jesus and his disciples were invited to a wedding feast, Mary the mother of Jesus was there also. At a point the party ran out of wine, it was to be an embarrassing moment for the couple, but Mary interceded. She said to her Son; “they have no wine”. That had nothing to do with Jesus, in fact he said, “my hour has not come.” Though his hour had not come, but the mother interceded and he performed the miracle; changing water into wine to save the couple from shame (Jn. 2:1-12).

wedding at Cana
wedding at Cana
That is how strong the intercessory power of Mary is; she intercedes for her children. This first miracle of Jesus was a revelation of his power and glory, it convinced his apostles of his identity (Jn. 2:11). Therefore, let us call on Mary to prevail on her Son to turn our own water into wine, to turn our sorrows into joy.

(4) THE TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS: Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain and in their presence he was transfigured. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as snow. This again is a revelation of the identity of Jesus. He told his apostles that he was going to die, but that caused them troubled mind so he took them up a high mountain so they could see his glory, the glory he had with the Father even before the world was made. The voice of the Father confirmed this and the appearance of Moses and Elijah (the law and the prophet) also confirmed that Jesus is the long awaited messiah (Mt. 17:1-13).

Through his transfiguration Jesus prepared the minds of the apostles to face the cross. We pray and ask the Holy Spirit to transform our weaknesses into strength.

(5) THE INSTITUTION OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST: Here, Jesus presents himself as the bread of life. When it was time to celebrate the Passover with his apostles, he changed the meaning of the Jewish meaning of the Passover meal into a celebration of his death and resurrection. While they were at table, Jesus took the bread and said; “this is my body” and not just bread any longer. In a similar way he took the cup of wine and said; “this is my blood” not just wine.

The last supper
The last supper
He instituted the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday and asked us to continue this celebration until we meet again in heaven to drink together (Mt. 26:26-29). We here meditate on the gift of himself in form of bread and wine, the gift of the Priesthood to the Church and his constant presence also.

Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

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