Saturday, 10 August 2013

Rearranging the Rosary: The Second Mysteries (Discipleship)

To make sense of this post, I suggest you check out the following:
Rearranging the Rosary: An Introduction
The First Mysteries

Today, I'll take an oh-so brief look at the Second Mysteries.

The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation
  • Right after learning that she is to be the Mother of God, Mary hurries over to assist her cousin Elizabeth, whom she has just learnt is also expecting, in her old age. This kind of service, that completely forgets the self, is what we are called to as disciples
  • John the Baptist, not even born yet, leaps for joy as he recognises that he is in the presence of the Lamb of God. Does being in God's presence lead to awe, amazement, and joy?
The Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding at Cana 
The Wedding at Cana

  • Our Lady's instructions to the servants: "Do whatever He tells you," provide the model for discipleship
  • This was the first sign that Jesus performed, and John tells us that the disciples "believed in Him"; (Jn. 2:11) belief in Christ is the crux of being a disciple.
The Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging of Our Lord at the Pillar
  • We can unite the sufferings that we encounter, as disciples of Christ, with the immense suffering that the One whom we follow went through for us 
The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven
  • Our Lord's final instruction to His Apostles before He left them, was to "Go, make disciples of all nations."
So, our Christian life has some kind of beginning, and this is the beginning of being a disciple of Christ, which involves a life of service, suffering, obedience, and a joy that should overflow with such abundance that we are led to share Christ with others.  

Next up: The Third Mysteries


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