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Rosary Meditations
From Junior Shepherds of Christ Associate Meetings


JOYFUL MYSTERIES
MARCH 28, 1996

The Annunciation

  1. God created the universe. He created the heavens. He created all men.
  2. Adam and Eve, in their willfulness, sinned against God.
  3. God so loved the world that He sent His only beloved Son, Incarnate, in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
  4. Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit and the Word became flesh.
  5. The tender little body of Jesus grew within the womb of Mary.
  6. God, the Almighty God, came into this world and took on human flesh.
  7. He was carried within the body of a human person.
  8. In all His majesty and all of His greatness, He shows us His great love by taking on flesh.
  9. We see the vast sky. We see the world. We see the stars, the sun, the moon, and all of the vegetation and we know that it is a creation of the Almighty God.
  10. We do not see the Almighty God today, but we see Him in His works here, for He runs the universe and He give us our life.

The Visitation of Mary to Her Cousin, Elizabeth

  1. Mary went with haste to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. The angel told her that she too, in her old age, was with child.
  2. Mary always did the Father's will.
  3. She carried the Almighty God within her body.
  4. Mary's heart was in perfect peace. She carried the Almighty God within her.
  5. Our life is within our hearts. Let us pray to the Lord to help us to always have peace in our hearts.
  6. We live in this world and we interact and learn to love each other.
  7. We go to our hearts to talk to Jesus, for it is there that He teaches us about Himself and about ourselves.
  8. Mary carried the Child Jesus within her. Today when we receive the Eucharist, we receive the Almighty God within us, no less present than when Mary carried Him in her womb.
  9. God is the source of all life.
  10. We cannot ignore God for He controls our every breath and heartbeat.

The Birth of Our Lord

  1. Dear God, we see Your magnificence and we know Your power. You came into this world, a little baby in such poverty.
  2. Outpour Your grace to us. Help us to be thankful for the great gifts that You are giving to us.
  3. Song: O Little Town of Bethlehem
  4. The Almighty God, in all His majesty and might, comes into the world, in such silence and such poverty.
  5. Look at our world today. It is noisy and boisterous. We have the message of God's love to deliver. We should shout it from the housetops.
  6. Holy Spirit, You filled the Virgin Mary and she conceived the Child Jesus. Fill our hearts with the fire of God's love. We will proclaim the message of God's love to this world.
  7. He comes as a baby in a stable. Above His bed is the star that shines for all the world to see.
  8. In the dark sky, the star shines with a light that is the brightest light, to acclaim that God is on the earth.
  9. We are blind. God is on this earth this very day. The Almighty God is truly present in His divinity and humanity in the Eucharist. He is alive in the tabernacle waiting for us to come to adore Him.
  10. What are the gods that we adore? What do we put first in our lives? The Almighty God awaits His precious ones. He is so often alone in many churches.

The Presentation

  1. Mary and Joseph took the little Child Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Father.
  2. Jesus came into this world a little child. He wants us to love Him with tender, sweet love.
  3. Mary looks into the eyes of her little baby. The prophet Simeon tells Mary of the sufferings to come.
  4. He tells Mary, "and a sword will pierce your soul too..." (Lk. 2:35)
  5. The Son loved us so much that He came into this world, a little baby. He walked the earth. The Almighty God took on a human nature. He gave Himself as a sacrifice on the cross.
  6. He did this for us that we would share in His life and be with Him forever in heaven.
  7. Mary always did the will of the Father. "Mary said, 'You see before you the Lord's servant, let it happen to me as you have said.'..." (Lk. 1:38)
  8. Mary suffered. She is our Mother full of love. She loves each one of us with a most personal love.
  9. We are so willful that many of us leave God out of our lives.
  10. Why do people leave God out of their lives?

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

  1. Think of Jesus as a little child, living as any other child on this earth. The Almighty God, lived as a little child with Mary and Joseph. God became a little child for us.
  2. Why are we so haughty? Why are we so prideful? The Father wants us to be little children, dependent on Him.
  3. He created us and He keeps us alive. Why do we think that we need to be so independent?
  4. Jesus was lost in the Temple and when Mary found Him, "He replied, 'Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father's house?'" (Lk. 2:49)
  5. The Father has a plan for us. He created each one of us unique to carry out His work.
  6. If we have strayed from Your path, Father, give us the grace to do Your work.
  7. We may look for temporary satisfaction, little pleasures, but nothing will satisfy our hearts, but the love of God.
  8. He is the light that fills our hearts.
  9. Give us the grace that we will be about our Father's business.
  10. Give us the grace that we will shout from the highest rooftop, "Jesus lives! He is God! He is with us today!"

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