Saturday 26 February 2011
“Rejoice” is one of the strongest messages that runs through the pages of Sacred Scripture. The Word of God is a life-giving creative word. What it states, it brings about. When at the dawn of Creation, the Lord said “Let there be light” there was light. So when God calls us to Rejoice, let us respond, saying with Mary: “Let it be done unto me according to your word.” All through these first five mysteries we pray for joy in our own heart and we ask, the Blessed Mother and her Divine Son to make us instruments of their joy to all who come near us. This is an interior joy and it can be present and maybe even more so, in the midst of pain and suffering.
The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
When sickness comes, dear Mother, we can feel powerless and frightened. Doctors, medical attendants and all the strange world of hospital and out-patient clinic can overwhelm us. But as our physical strength fails, we can be strong inside. The power of the Holy Spirit is always there to come upon us and be a cloud of protection over us.
Dear Mother, you brought forth Jesus by this power of the Holy Spirit. In my present weakness, may the life and the love of the that child grow within me. Like you I lay my life before God and say. “Be it done unto me according to your word.”
Mary hurried off to a town in the hill-country...and greeted Elizabeth.
Dear Mother, your Visitation is with us still, wherever there is human need.
Dear God, bless the nurses and the doctors and all those who work so hard to care for our many needs. Bless their cheerful and reassuring words. How we all need the word of encouragement to put new heart into us! Bless the tired hands and feet of those who minister to our every ailment. Bless the stressed minds of those who provide for us and take the responsibility of our sickness upon their own weary shoulders.
Dear Mother, when you visited your cousin in Galilee long ago, you caused her heart to leap with joy. I thank you for the inner peace and happiness you bring to me in this second joyful mystery of the Rosary.
Mary gave birth to her first-born son
In this mystery we think especially of children who are sick. We remember those who have been born with some kind of disability, physical difficulty or mental problem. We think of the heart-break of parents and at the same time of the pride an joy, mothers and fathers take in these children. It is part of the on-going mystery of Nativity. The Christ-child is taking flesh in our day as he did two thousand years ago.
We pray for little innocent ones who suffer and cry out for relief not knowing what it is all about. We think of parents who have lost darling children and who struggle with the memory for the rest of their days.
O little Child of Bethlehem let the light of your loveliness shine into the dark caverns of our frail lives.
The Presentation in the Temple
They took the child to Jerusalem to present his there.
Illness isolates us. We are cut off from the activity and involvement with others. For this very reason, we reach out more readily to God. We stand before him, lay our lives before him. When friends and colleagues seem distant we can present ourselves just as we are before the face of God. That’s what Presentation is about! The Lord who made us, and knows us through and through is always at hand, waiting and watching for us. His eyes are ever upon us. His ears are open and attentive to our needs.
Here, I am dear Lord. I present myself before you. I offer my life to you. My heart is in your hands. When doctors surgeons and nurses gather round, may I have the faith to see your caring, in their loving concern for me. Heavenly Physician, I make your prayer my own: Into your hands, I commend my spirit.
The Finding in theTemple
They found him listening to the teachers and asking them questions.
Dear Jesus I invite you to sit by my bedside. This confined space is my temple, the place where I find you right now. Help me to live in the grace of this present moment. Let me not worry about the past, or be frightened of the future. As you listened to the wise people in the Jewisn temple, listen to me this day and search my heart with your questions. I am not too busy at this time, and so have leisure to seek and find you. Forgive my forgetfulness and help me to linger in love with you.
In the same spirit : Meditation on the Sorrowful Mysteries and Meditation on the Glorious Mysteries
The author of this meditation