Mysteries of Light - Thursday

LORD, GRANT ME THE DESIRE FOR HOLINESS

Mark 1:15, 34-38

Jesus Preaches in Galilee

(Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 4:12-17; Luke 4:14-15)

15 And saying: The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel.

34 And he healed many that were troubled with divers diseases; and he cast out many devils, and he suffered them not to speak, because they knew him.

Jesus Prays and Preaches

(Luke 4:42-44)

35 And rising very early, going out, he went into a desert place: and there he prayed. 36 And Simon, and they that were with him, followed after him. 37 And when they had found him, they said to him: All seek for thee. 38 And he said to them: Let us go into the neighbouring towns and cities, that I may preach there also; for to this purpose am I come.

John 20:22-23 

22 When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. 23 Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.

After performing His first miracle, Jesus went out and started proclaiming the Gospel. His message was a call to repentance for the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand (Matt 4:17; Mk 1:14-15). 

As already mentioned in the First Luminous Mystery, repentance is turning away from sin and self; and turning towards God. But Jesus doesn’t just call us to repentance; He also gives us the means that we need to accomplish it. We cannot approach God in our own strength, for in our own strength we often stumble and fall. Rather, Christ calls us to embrace Him and His free gift of grace so that we might have our sins forgiven and be reconciled with our Heavenly Father. 
 
It has often been said that Jesus promised the Kingdom but gave us the Church. But the truth is that the Church is the sacrament of the Kingdom:

“To fulfill the Father's will, Christ ushered in the Kingdom of heaven on earth. The Church is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery.” – CCC # 763
But what does the Church have to do with repentance and grace? It was to the Church that the Lord Jesus Christ gave the power to forgive sins (Jn 20:23; Matt 18:18). And it is through the Church that the Lord pours out His grace – specifically by the means of the Seven Sacraments. 

As we meditate upon this Mystery, may we hear the voice of the Lord Jesus in the Holy Catholic Church calling us to a life of continual conversion and growth in holiness – because when we hear the Church, we hear Jesus (Lk 10:16). And as we listen to the Church, and make ourselves available to the Sacraments, we will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Father

1. "This is the time of fulfillment."  (Mk 1:15)  - Hail Mary....

2. "The kingdom of God is at hand."  (Mk 1:15)  - Hail Mary....


3. "Repent and believe in the gospel."  (Mk 1:15)  - Hail Mary....


4. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when Jesus saw their faith he said to the 
paralytic, "My son your sins are forgiven"  ( Mk 2: 3-5)  - Hail Mary....


5. "But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins... I say to you rise take up 
your pallet and go home."  ( Mk 2: 10-11)  - Hail Mary....


6. But he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."  (Lk 7:50)  - Hail Mary....


7. "So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; for she has shown great love."  (Lk 7:47)  - Hail Mary....


8. Jesus came and stood among them and said to them "Peace be with you "  (Jn 20: 19-20)  - Hail Mary....


9. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them "Receive the Holy Spirit"  (Jn 20: 22)
Hail Mary....


10. "As the Father has sent me, even so I send you "  (Jn 20: 22)  - Hail Mary....


Glory be to the Father.
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O My Jesus, forgive us our sins..
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One of the ways that God reaches man is through words. The spoken word—and even the written word that seems to leap off of the page when we read it—has the power to pierce and move hearts. And when that word is full of truth, it has a mysterious resonance in the heart, a kind of magnetic attraction for the soul that is truly hungry for what is right, true, and good. When Christ came to proclaim the Kingdom of God, he made a series of appeals to the heart—invitations to a life of greater poverty, simplicity, honesty, and wholehearted service. Some perceived the beauty of that call and rose up to follow it. Others did not. Why?  Perhaps some become entrenched in their own supposed righteousness, so burdened by the need to maintain appearances that they cannot rise up in response to the call. The accessories of success keep them weighted down. Others are so hungry for God, in some cases, so humiliated by life, that they feel entirely free to let go of everything, even their pride. Others are simply pure of heart, focused on what is good and not on self at all. There are so many reasons why some do and some do not follow Jesus, and he alone knows the story of each soul. Where do we stand?  What does he see in our hearts?  In this mystery, we can ask Mary to show us the way to get closer to that eternal Kingdom where obedience sets us free.
 
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