In celebrating St. Paul’s Conversion and Jesus’ words to the eleven disciples before ascending into heaven, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” (Mark 16,15b) we notice the sending out, by fr. Dominic, of his first followers to “Go and preach!” “Go and preach the mission!” The only true mission, namely, preaching Jesus Christ.
The Rosary beads represent the immersion into the sacred mysteries of the life, preaching, healing, teaching, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God. As we reflect upon the scenes of the mysteries of the rosary how can we not bring our own faith stories, and those for whom we are interceding, into our prayer. Mary Immaculate assists us to obtain God’s graces for Mary combined the active and contemplative aspects of her faith as she “treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” (Lk 2,19)
Immediately before telling the eleven disciples to go into all the world to preach Jesus had reprimanded them for their lack of faith and stubbornness. So, they were still having problems trusting and understanding; nonetheless, Jesus sends them out on mission as they are and not as perfectly formed faithful ones.
Praying the rosary will bring its mission for we, even being sent with whatever lack of faith, stubbornness, or sinfulness, will be following the guidance of Mary’s love for her Son and for us as we accept the mission.
If you do not desire to truly know yourself, if you have no desire to enter a relationship of loving kindness and mercy with others, if you find yourself having no desire for friendship with Mary, Mother of God, and if you possess no desire to have close relationship with Jesus and The Holy Trinity, then by all means, do not dare to pray the rosary, because by doing so the authentic holy desires and longings of your heart will be brought to light and give you life that you could not before have imagined.
I pray with you today a decade of the rosary for those planning harm against the innocent, especially the migrant peoples of our world.
In Mary and St. Dominic, fraternally yours,
fr. Chris Eggleton, OP
Promoter General of the Rosary