Like a child...

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Like a child...

Like a child insistently calling its mother, we often ask Mary to help us in our needs. As she did at the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee, she points to Jesus her Son, Our Lord and Brother, and asks us to do what he tells us to.

Throughout the centuries the Rosary prayer was developed and through it we are encouraged to say "yes" to God’s will, even though it is not easy to always understand and know exactly what he wants us to do.

Like a loving mother, Mary takes us by the hand and walks us through the mysteries of the life, work, suffering and glory of her son, as suggested in the Rosary, in order to help us look at our life in the light of what Jesus did, said and promised.

The Rosary prayer can stir our heart and lead us through Mary’s hands to God, not so much to ask for things, but rather to be empowered to say "yes" to His project and help it become a reality on earth. When praying the Rosary, we should feel free to let our mind and heart follow inspirations that God himself might suggest. Let us be free to stroll along the paths of this beautiful garden of roses.

Let us meditate the joyful mysteries.

1. The annunciation (Luke 1, 26-38):
Gabriel, an angel of God, waited for Mary to agree to God’s plan for her. Mary was greatly troubled as not everything was clear to her. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid”. She prayerfully answered: “I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said.” Later her Son told us: "You are not servants. You are friends." Through His incarnation Jesus showed us how He wanted life on earth to be like, and how we can live it to the full. He asks the few to spread His dream to all the others everywhere. He asks you and me to do this. Are we afraid to handle this task, or are we ready to accept God’s request as Mary did? Yes, we know our limitations, but God trusts us, and He is willing to wait for us to make up our mind, but let us not waste time unnecessarily! So, help us, Mary.

(Feel free to hit the “pause” key, and say an Our Father, and 10 Hail Mary.)

2. The Visitation (Luke 1, 39-56):
The words Elisabeth used to greet her relative, Mary, are enlightening. She said: "Blessed is she who has believed". In fact God blesses with abundant graces those who believe, and therefore accept the life project He proposes. But Elisabeth also said "As soon as greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy". Yes, those who accept God's project become a blessing and a source of joy for others. Mary accepted God's project and she "hurried" to go and help her relative who, she learned, was going to have a child in her old age. However, this eagerness to help did not stop there. It is good to remember how she took the initiative at the Cana marriage feast to tell her Son, "They have no wine", and to the waiters, "Do what he tells you to do". Lourdes, Fatima and other Marian sanctuaries tell us that Mary is still eager to be a blessing to us all. May God bless us all and make us a blessing to others. So, help us, Mary.

(Feel free to hit the “pause” key, and say an Our Father, and 10 Hail Mary.)

3. The Nativity (Luke 2, 1-20):
Christmas brings a magic touch with it which is not only folklore. It is the mystery of God who becomes human, the Incarnation. Angels bring a message to some shepherds who were in the fields keeping watch over their flock at night. The message the angel brought is simple: "I give you good news, a saviour has been born to you". And then hosts of angels sang: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests." God loves us all, so he wants to be able to give us peace on earth. On the other hand, if we want peace we have to give glory to God. And God's glory is human life lived to the full. How good will it be if we keep watch on the little flocks with whom we share our life, so that we could listen to God's good news and share it with them and so multiply God's blessing making life on earth more liveable. The shepherds went to see the baby, and then they spread the word concerning what had been told to them about this child. May we multiply the Christmas message: Glory to God, and peace to mankind. So, help us Mary.

(Feel free to hit the “pause” key, and say an Our Father, and 10 Hail Mary.)

4. The Presentation (Luke 2, 29-40):
Joseph and Mary, eager to do God's will, took their new-born son to the temple to be circumcised and given the name Jesus. They also offered a pair of doves, according to the law. This phrase “according to the law”, repeated several times with slight variations becomes a refrain in the story of the Presentation. We have to remember that in the nativity story Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem was prompted by their sense of duty, in response to Caesar's orders. I am inclined to think that when Jesus told those who asked him about paying or not the taxes: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God”, he was not just freeing himself from the trap they had prepared for him. He was also repeating a lesson he surely learned in his youth at his parent's home. So this mystery is not just about an event in Christ's childhood. It is also a lesson and a call to be law-abiding citizens and faithful believers. So help us, Mary.

(Feel free to hit the “pause” key, and say an Our Father, and 10 Hail Mary.)

5. The Finding in the Temple (Luke 2, 41-52):
Each year Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. I imagine they took their son with them. When Jesus was twelve he remained behind in the temple listening to the teachers and asking questions. When his mother asked Him: "Why did you do this?" Jesus answered: "Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" This is not just the end of Luke's story of the infancy of Jesus. It somehow puts Passover in the picture, and it leads us to see the mission of Jesus as going about his Father's work. So when things happen and we are inclined to repeat Mary's question: "Why did you do this to us?" one possible answer could be a challenge to see our life in the light of the Easter mystery. Luke ended the story by saying: "Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favour before God and man." Supported by God's grace, while advancing in age, let us try to advance also in wisdom and favour before God and man. This is a program for a lifetime. So, help us, Mary.

This is just one suggestion for a meditation on the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. We are free to let our mind and heart travel through other meditations. Our possibilities are infinite just as God' love is infinite. Let us allow God to tease us into reflecting on His love for us, and on the joy of being just human, made in God's image and likeness. So help us Mary.

(At the end of these meditations you might want to pray the Salve Regina ( Hail Holy Queen ). If you feel like it, do it!)

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