The final Luminous mystery is the Institution of the Eucharist, you know that thing that happened at the Last Supper, it is in all the Gospels (Matt 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-39 and John 13:1-17:26) and Paul mentioned it in his first letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 11:23-26). We all know this story we hear it every time we go to Mass, Jesus was gathered with his friends, Jesus took some bread blessed it and broke it gave it to his friend saying “This is my Body. Take. Eat.” Jesus then took a cup filled with wine, blessed it and gave it to his friends saying “This is my Blood. Take. Drink.” This is the institution of the Eucharist. It is repeated at every Mass so we all should know it. The fruit of the mystery is Adoration. As we move toward the season of Lent some there may be some added special events like an Eucharist Adoration or a Benediction, if you have a chance perhaps take the time and go this year. The other thing is that we all could make an effort to come to Mass a bit earlier/leave a bit later and pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
The fourth Luminous mystery is The Transfiguration, it can be found in all of the synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36), and it also is mentioned in Peter’s second letter(2 Peter 1:16–18). This is the time when Jesus, Peter, and the Sons of Thunder (James and John) go up a mountain many scholars point to Mount Tabor others think that the location is Mount Hermon. Well, on the top of whichever mountain it was Jesus began to shine, and then Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus. At the time Peter said “Let’s put up some tents” to keep this experience going forever, but before they get anything done the voice of God was hear saying “This is my (beloved) Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to him.” The fruit of the mystery is the desire for holiness. This is a great message that we need to take with us as we go into the week and prepare ourselves for the upcoming season of Lent. We hear God saying Listen to Jesus for so many this can only happen in brief “mountain-top experiences” but we need to remember to listen to Jesus while we are in the valley since God is with us through thick and thing see that Footprint in the sand poem. We need to be more open to seeing the Lord in our lives even when we are in the valley and plains,
The third Luminous mystery is sort of a big mystery as it doesn’t point to one specific place in the Gospels but can be found in all of them. Many like to point to the Beatitudes as a classic example of the Proclamation of the Kingdom, the “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” This is something that is at the heart of the Papacy of Francis and he illustrates it in his life it is simply humility. Humility is something that the world need a lot more of it is one of the greatest virtues. As Confucius said “Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.” Let us all in this week try and be a bit more humble. Now the fruit of the mystery is Trust in God and a call to conversion. When we look at conversion our minds turn to changing religions but this is a more general sense of the word as we should all be converted daily and try to become better than we were the day before, by eliminating our bad habits and what not. Let us all be converted into better followers of Our Eternal Father.
The second Luminous mystery is the first Miracle of Jesus, it can be found in the Gospel of John (2:1-11). Mary, Jesus and his disciples were invited to a wedding, some speculate it was some relative of Mary, and the wine runs out. Mary tells Jesus “They have no wine” at which Jesus replies “Aw Mom, what has this to do with me? My hour has not yet come”. Mary turned to the servants and said do whatever he (Jesus) tells you. The servants filled barrels with water and brought it to the chief steward and remarked that usually you have the good wine first, but this is some good stuff. The fruit of this mystery is to Jesus through Mary and the understanding of the ability to manifest-through faith. As we go throughout the rest of the week let us all remember the words of Mary to the servants “Do whatever he tells you”. We need to listen to what’s being said and act on it, we can’t be pussy-footing around doing nothing, there are things to be done and we should do them.
We have just enough week until Lent to do all the Luminous Mysteries the decade added by John Paul II. The first Mystery of Light is the Baptism of the Lord and it can be found in several places in the Gospels (Matthew 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–23). The fruit of this mystery is openness to the Holy Spirit. As John was baptizing in the Jordan Jesus came and was baptized, and heaven opened and a dove appeared over the head of Jesus and a voice cried out “This is my beloved son, with whom I am pleased.” This is a message that we all need to remember we are the beloved children of the almighty and he/she is pleased with us. Let us all be willing and open for the Spirit to come into our lives.
The final Luminous Mystery is the Institution of the Eucharist. This takes place at the Last Supper and is featured in all the Gospels. The fruit of the mystery is Adoration. This is one of the high points of our faith that we remember at each and every mass, “Take Eat, Take Drink, Do this in memory of me.” That’s the Last Supper in a nutshell and all to often we forget to show reverence to this idea. Let us all remember that this is the seed of our faith. Without this event we’d all be some other religion now and sure numbers of the faithful are falling across the world but we can bring out awe and wonder out into it. Sharing our joy in the Eucharistic banquet table we all we sit at one day.
The fourth decade of the luminous mysteries is the Transformation. If you remember this was the Gospel reading this past Sunday. Now the story is in all the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36) and is referenced in the second letter of Peter (2 Peter 1:16–18). Jesus took Peter and “The Sons of Thunder” James and John up to a mountain where Jesus turned radiant and there appeared Moses and Elijah who conversed with Jesus. The fruit of this mystery is a Desire for holiness. At the Transfiguration Peter wanted to build tents for Moses/Elijah/Jesus but you can’t stay up on top of the mountain in your mountaintop experience. We need to go out for there and hope to one day glimpse the pureness of holiness when we need it. Even Jesus told Peter, James and John not to tell anyone of what had happened before the Son of Man had risen. All to often the faithful dwell in the mountain top and look down on those who have sinned or live a different lifestyle than they approve of, look at all the talk about Fr. James Martin’s new book about building a bridge between the LGBT community and the church. As Jesus say let whomever is without sin cast the first stone.
The third luminous mystery is a bit harder to exactly pin point in the Bible since it is in all the Gospels several time, “Repent for the Kingdom is at hand” is the general message from Jesus about the Kingdom. The fruit of this mystery is Trust in God. The beatitudes give us a nice set of guidelines blessed are the poor in spirit or the poor for their is the kingdom of God. This is a radical thing to think of being “poor” when everyone else in society only wants to get rich. However I find that you learn more from things that cost you less and you get more from these experiences that earn you little. Let us all try to trust more in God this upcoming week and try to bring about the Kingdom here on earth.
The second Luminous mystery is the wedding feast at Cana, the place where the first miracle took place. It is found in John’s Gospel (2:1-11) the story goes that Jesus and Mary were invited to a wedding and the party ran out of wine. Mary told Jesus to do something about this and he said “My hour has not yet come”, so Mary goes to the servants and tells them to do what he tells you. The servants fill up containers with water and then give it to the chief steward. The steward after tasting it goes to the bridegroom remarks that usually the best wine is usually served first. The fruit of this mystery is to Jesus through Mary. The whole Mary thing is a tough part for Christians to understand about Catholics but Mary is a conduit between mankind and to Jesus. As these words of Mary are the last time we hear from her in the Bible “Do whatever he tells you.” This is something that we need to remember we need to listen to what Jesus says.
We have made our way through one of the mysteries and now it is on to the newest one introduced by Pope John Paul II in his apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (October 2002). These are the Luminious mysteries or mysteries of Light. The first Luminious mystery is the Baptism of Jesus. It can be found in the three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) where we hear from the sky “This is/You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” and in John’s Gospel while it doesn’t have the baptism story it does have John the Baptist testifying about Jesus saying that “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” The fruit of the mystery is openness to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is something that we all should be praying for to come into our lives and inspire all our actions.