And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.Matthew 17:2
I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which one I’m on when I pray the ninth or tenth Hail Mary. The things that help me to contemplate each mystery are the fruits of the mysteries. I ponder how the fruit applies to its respective mystery and I pray to embody that fruit in my own life. As you meditate on the fruits of the Luminous Mysteries, open your heart to receive the fruits and ask Jesus and Mary to reveal where you can grow in that fruit.
The First Luminous Mystery is the Baptism in the Jordan
The Fruit of the Mystery is Openness to the Holy Spirit
At first, John the Baptist was hesitant to baptize Jesus. Feeling unworthy, he said that Jesus should baptize him. But Jesus gently persisted. When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended on him and his Heavenly Father was pleased. Similarly, our own baptisms are pleasing to God the Father. We receive the Holy Spirit for the first time and enter the Church as his beloved children. No matter when we were baptized, we have the grace of being open to the Holy Spirit. We can pray to stay open to the Holy Spirit and receive his gifts.
The Second Luminous Mystery is the Wedding at Cana
The Fruit of the Mystery is to Jesus through Mary
Jesus performed his first miracle at Mary’s prompting. Like the perfect mother that she is, Mary notices our needs and fulfills them through Jesus. When she realized that the bride and groom were out of wine at the wedding feast, she knew what to do. Mary’s last recorded words are found in the Wedding at Cana, “Do whatever he tells you.” She gave this loving command to the servants at the feast, and it still applies to us today. As we serve Jesus throughout our life, we look to Mary as an example of a perfect disciple. She truly did whatever he told her to, and so can we with her grace.
The Third Luminous Mystery is the Proclamation of the Kingdom
The Fruit of the Mystery is Repentance and Trust in God
Sometimes, we can meditate on this mystery as Jesus’ teaching as a whole. At first, I would meditate on the Beatitudes or other instances of Jesus preaching. I learned that the Proclamation of the Kingdom is specifically when Jesus sends 70 disciples out into the world. He sends them two by two into villages to call for conversions and proclaim that the Kingdom of God is at hand. This message still stirs up a call to action in us. We don’t know when the Kingdom of Heaven will be here, and it could come before we know it. We assess our own lives and see where we can repent and trust in God more, and we encourage those whom we encounter to do the same.
The Fourth Luminous Mystery is the Transfiguration
The Fruit of the Mystery is Desire for Holiness
Jesus chooses Peter, James, and John to witness his Transfiguration. On a mountain, he revealed his glory to them. They’ve seen his human appearance, but Jesus gave them the gift of beholding his divinity. He became radiant, as white as snow, and appeared with Moses and Elijah. Meditating on the Transfiguration gives us hope to share in his glory. This mystery inspires us to allow Jesus to transfigure us so that we might be pure and holy like him.
The Fifth Luminous Mystery is the Institution of the Eucharist
The Fruit of the Mystery is Adoration
During the Last Supper, Jesus celebrated the first Mass with the twelve Apostles. On that night, he gave us the most beautiful gift, the Eucharist. In the humble form of bread and wine, Jesus offers us the gift of his Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. In other words, the God of the Universe not only died for us so that we can spend eternity with him. He also continuously comes to us. He willingly makes himself small and vulnerable so that we can be in communion with him. The Eucharist is the greatest love story. As we contemplate the Institution of the Eucharist, we deepen our devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. In receiving Jesus’ Body and Blood and adoring it during Eucharistic Adoration, we spend time with Jesus personally and grow closer to our Savior in the most perfect way.
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