Reflection for the 27 Sunday of Ordinary time, week beginning 3 October 2021.
The Rosary, to which October is especially dedicated, is a profoundly Scriptural prayer. Its 4 sets of Mysteries put before us, for our reflection, 20 major events. These are as follows:
Joyful Mysteries: the Annunciation of the Lord; the Visitation of Mary to her kinswoman Elizabeth; the Nativity of Jesus; the Presentation of baby Jesus in the temple; the finding in the temple of Jesus when aged 12.
Luminous Mysteries: the Baptism of Jesus; his first public miracle at the Cana wedding; his proclamation of the Gospel and call for conversion; the day of his Transfiguration on Mount Tabor; his instituting of the Holy Eucharist, the Mass & the priesthood.
Sorrowful Mysteries: the agony in the Garden; the scourging at the pillar; the crowning with thorns; the carrying of the cross; the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
Glorious Mysteries: the Resurrection; the Ascension; the Descent of the Holy Spirit; the Assumption; the Crowning of Our Blessed Lady.
A vast panorama of 20 major events. If and when we pray any one of these Mysteries, the objective is to focus, in a reflective manner, upon the particular event. (If we are offering the Mystery, or the Rosary of 5 Mysteries, for a set intention, it is better to mention that before we start – then all our focus can be on entering the event of the particular Mystery. If we have the time, and we are praying alone, we might well be able to say the ‘Hail, Mary’s’ quite slowly. Then their very repetition can be like a mantra, and we should find it very spiritually calming for us. LET’S GIVE IT A REAL GOOD GO, THIS MONTH, IN HONOUR OF, AND IN REPARATION AND CONSECRATION TO, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY!