Mysteries of Light - Thursday
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to
be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, "I
need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper
for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At
that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from
heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well
pleased. (Mt 3,13-17)
The Baptism in the Jordan is first of all a
mystery of light. Here, as Christ descends into the waters, the
innocent one who became “sin” for our sake (cf. 2Cor 5:21), the
heavens open wide and the voice of the Father declares him the
beloved Son (cf. Mt 3:17 and parallels), while the Spirit
descends on him to invest him with the mission which he is to
THE WEDDING OF CANA
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana
in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples
had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone,
Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
"Dear woman, why
do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."
His mother said to
the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Nearby stood six stone
water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing,
each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the
servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the
brim. Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the
master of the banquet." They did so, and the master of the
banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did
not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had
drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and
said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the
cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but
you have saved the best till now."
This, the first of
his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He
thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in
him. (Jn 2,1-12)
Another mystery of light is the first of the
signs, given at Cana (cf. Jn 2:1- 12), when Christ changes water
into wine and opens the hearts of the disciples to faith, thanks
to the intervention of Mary, the first among believers.
THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM
"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of
God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"(Mk 1,15)
The preaching by which Jesus proclaims
the coming of the Kingdom of God, calls to conversion (cf.
Mk 1:15) and forgives the sins of all who draw near to him
in humble trust (cf. Mk 2:3-13; Lk 7:47- 48): the
inauguration of that ministry of mercy which he continues to
exercise until the end of the world, particularly through
the Sacrament of Reconciliation which he has entrusted to
his Church (cf. Jn 20:22-23).
The Fourth Luminous Mystery
About eight days after Jesus said this, he
took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain
to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed,
and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two
men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking
with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about
to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions
were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his
glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving
Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here.
Let us put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one
for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.)
While he was
speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were
afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud,
saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him."
When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The
disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time
what they had seen.(Luk 9,28-35)
The mystery of light par excellence is the
Transfiguration, traditionally believed to have taken place on
Mount Tabor. The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face
of Christ as the Father commands the astonished Apostles to
“listen to him” (cf. Lk 9:35 and parallels) and to prepare to
experience with him the agony of the Passion, so as to come with
him to the joy of the Resurrection and a life transfigured by
the Holy Spirit.
The Fifth Luminous Mystery
While they were
eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it
to his disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body."
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and
they all drank from it.
"This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for
many," he said to them. "I tell you the truth, I will not drink
again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it
anew in the kingdom of God." (Mk 14,22-25)
A final mystery of light is the institution of
the Eucharist, in which Christ offers his body and blood as food
under the signs of bread and wine, and testifies “to the end”
his love for humanity (Jn 13:1), for whose salvation he will
offer himself in sacrifice.