“And lo, a voice from heaven saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased’.” (Matthew 3, 17).
“The Holy Spirit kept John the Baptist out in the desert so that he would not know Christ and would not see him, in view of the importance of the witness that John was to give later, namely that he had never seen Jesus until he saw him at the Jordan... It was there that the Father’s voice was heard, proclaiming him his Son. It was there that the Holy Spirit bestowed so many virtues on him – humility, meekness and the rest, so that he emerged from the desert transformed into salt to preserve people from corruption, light to give light to the blind, and a fortified town as a place of refuge for the holy and virtuous.” (Saint Louis Bertrand, 1526-1581).
“The Baptism marks the beginning of Jesus’ public life. It reveals his nature, his divine role, his entire destiny and the power that will be his. The enemies of the personal intervention of God will never be able to penetrate his depths; the entire gospel account will remain for them a closed book. From this point onwards, Jesus is no longer the carpenter from Galilee. The veil which concealed him from the multitude has been torn apart: he appears as he is, the Christ, the Son of God. However, he will retain, in his divine greatness, a fragile nature open to suffering and to death.” (Fr. Henry Louis Rémy Didon, 1840-1900).
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to remain faithful to the promises of our baptism.
The Marriage Feast at Cana
“When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine,’” (John 2, 3).
“Let us reflect on the reverential love Mary had for Christ. In the respectful love we ourselves have for God, all we need to do is to show Him our need, Lord, all my longing is known to thee. It is not for us to know quite how the Lord will come to our aid, because we do not know what to ask for when we pray. That is why the Mother of Jesus simply pointed out the need of others to him when she said: “They have no wine”. (Saint Thomas Aquinas, 1225-1274).
“In Cana, the wine for the wedding which had been set aside for a long time ran short... Jesus was at table with his mother. Having noticed this and, filled with compassion as well as convinced that He would share her feelings, Mary said to him quite simply: ‘They have run out of wine’. It was the most tentative of prayers, scarcely more than a suggestion, not even the expression of a wish ... Jesus pointed out to his mother that it was not for either himself or for her to interfere in this matter. However Mary, guided undoubtedly more by his look than by what he had said, said to the waiters: ‘Whatever he tells you to do, do it.’” (Fr. Marie-Joseph Lagrange, 1855-1938).
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to be always aware of the needs of those around us.
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
“Jesus was going through the towns and villages preaching and bringing the good news” (Luke 8, 1).
“In sermons and exhortations, use a simple language such as you would use in familiar conversation. Speak in such a way that your words are felt to come not from a proud and haughty spirit, but rather from the tenderness of love and a fatherly goodness. Be like a father who is distressed to see his children misbehaving... he tries to bring them back, to rescue them, he wants to embrace them as a mother, like someone who rejoices to see the progress they have made and feels able to hope they will gain the glory of paradise.” (Saint Vincent Ferrer, 1350-1419).
“Men have submitted themselves to Christ with an ardent desire and deep devotion after hearing his words of eternal life and seen his wonderful miracles. Many have also died for his glory, moved by the violence of their love, for our Saviour’s words are gentle and effective, so that all flocked to hear him with great eagerness. His words were gentle, attractive and extremely effective, being full of divine inspiration and the fire of the Holy Spirit.” (Fr. Bartolomé de La Casas, 1484-1566).
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to be fervent preachers of the Gospel.
“Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them.” (Mark 9, 2)
“So keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, who gives the faith and safeguards it... That He, the God of love and of peace, may instil peace in your hearts and speed your journey, that He may hide you in the secret of his face, far from the intrigues of men; and do so until He brings you to, and causes you to take root in, that fullness where you will dwell eternally in beauty and peace, in the tents of safety and the rest of abundance.” (Saint Raymond of Penyafort, 1175-1275).
“Six days after Peter’s confession of faith, there took place an extraordinary scene which has no parallel in the life of Jesus, unless, perhaps, his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane is its antithesis. In both cases, Jesus had taken Peter, James and John apart; in both cases the disciples were overcome with sleep, and in both cases Jesus received a visitor from heaven. But the transfiguration is a definite pledge of the glory of Jesus, whereas the scene in Gethsemane shows him at the point of his deepest abasement.” (Fr. Marie-Joseph Lagrange, 1855-1938).
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to contemplate Christ in his transfiguration.
The Institution of the Eucharist
“He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” (John 6, 54)
“Eternal wisdom, in order to come as close to men and women as possible and to show them his love in the clearest possible way, went as far as to become man... Wishing on the one hand to show his love for men and women to the point of dying in their stead in order to save them, and on the other hand being unable simply to leave them to their fate, He found an astonishing secret enabling him to die and to live at the same time, and to be with men until the end of time, namely the loving means of the Eucharist. Moreover, in order thus to satisfy his love in this mystery, He did not hesitate to change and overturn the whole of nature.” (Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, 1673-1716).
“The divine Eucharist is a consuming fire, capable of setting the most tepid hearts alight. Let anyone who feels full of weakness and imperfection have recourse to Holy Communion. It is the bread of the strong, the milk of the weak, the cure for the sick, the energy of the traveller who is scaling the paths of perfection leading to the mountain of God. Are you feeling unduly attached to yourself and to the things of this world? The Eucharist will instil in us all a great detachment and a steadily increasing yearning for eternal life.” (Blessed Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier, 1832-1916).
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to be always hungry for the Bread of Life given for the salvation of the world.