Wednesday, December 5

A Rosary Meditation … The First Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection. “To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.” Blessed Pope John Paul II the Great. Think about the face of Christ as He was in His Mother’s arms after having been taken down from the cross. Wounded, disfigured, bloodied. How many swords were to pierce her heart? When would it end? What a relief it must have been to see Him, after all of this, alive again on that wonderful Easter morning! Sorrow turned into joy, weeping into laughter. We should put ourselves there for a minute. Easter morning, 33 A.D. We see Him, alive again. He proves by living that all His words are true. Now its up to us to follow His example and by our living do the same. By living our lives in such a way as to prove to the world around us that His words are true. We can stand, with Mary, before an empty tomb and point the world towards life instead of death. Let the world see the face of Christ when it sees us. The world is looking for life but it looks for life in the wrong places. It looks for life by chasing after happiness, not understanding that true happiness comes not as the result of pursuit but as the after effect of death to self and rising again in Him. No one has ever caught happiness by pursuing it. Happiness is a side-effect of doing the next right thing. The next right thing right now is to stand with Mary in front of that empty grave and point.

Today … St. Crispina was a wealthy Roman wife and mother. She was also Catholic. Arrested for being a Christian she was commanded by the authorities to deny Christ. She refused and was beheaded as a result. She had found a happiness in Jesus that she wouldn’t give up for all the world. Sometimes it costs us to point the world to Christ. It cost Crispina her head, her earthly life. The world, at the moment the axe fell, thought it had won. But how had it won? Centuries later she still points to Him by her witness, she still reflects the face of Christ, she still experiences the joy of Christ, more so now than ever. Remember this when it costs to point.

St. John of Capistrano … “Those who are called to the table of the Lord must glow with the brightness.” The fuller our joy the brighter we shine. The brighter we shine the easier it is for the world to see which direction we’re pointing in. ~ Note: In the morning we will begin to center our Rosary meditations around the Bible. We will begin a Scriptural Rosary.

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