Part 3: The Third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity

Part 3 of a 15 part series on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

The third joyful mystery: The Nativity.

A mystery of many parts. A virgin gives birth to the King of kings and Lord of lords … in a lowly stable. Angels appear to shepherds, men thought little of by the standards of the day, and in chorus announce the coming of the Messiah. “You will find Him in a manger.” Eager to see they find the manger with the Babe, His Mother, and His foster-father. In my mind I imagine the shepherds standing around the manger, the Baby, smiling, gurgling, and reaching up to them like babies do when they want to be picked up. Reaching out to those He came for. The poor, the simple, the dirty, the little thought of, the passed over, the unimportant. But they aren’t unimportant to Him. They’re why He came. And He reaches out to them. A few days later another group of men arrive. Three well dressed, well-groomed, well fed, well-educated, wise men of importance and honesty. Eager to see they find the Christ Child by star light. And I imagine these men, in seeing the Babe, understanding at least in part Who and What He is, they see themselves as they are compared to the Glory of Him. Poor, simple, dirty, little thought of by way of honest humility. And I imagine the Babe reaching out for them. A smile, a coo, tiny hands not yet scared reaching out to those He came for. He came for those wise enough to recognize their own poverty. We are all beggars.

Prayer: Mother Mary, please help me to have a love for holy poverty, a detachment from the things of this world. Poverty of spirit, true humility. And a love for the poor.

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