There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?
How do you read it?”
He said in reply,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.”
He replied to him, “You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live.”
But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
“And who is my neighbor?”
“A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
‘Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
I just came from our latest Cursillo weekend and was inspired by how the Holy Spirit is at work in the lives of the men who attended the weekend. If you have the opportunity to attend a Cursillo weekend in your diocese I encourage you to jump at the opportunity.
Today, October 7th, we celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary. In fact, October is the month that we dedicate to the rosary. As someone who didn’t grow up Catholic, it was hard for me to get used to praying the rosary. Scripture says that there is no mediator between God and man but Jesus Christ. So I didn’t understand how or why we would pray for the intercession of Mary and the saints.
But then I learned about the Communion of Saints. I learned that in heaven the angels and the saints are gathered around the throne of God praising Jesus. And there is a thin veil between heaven and earth. Just as I ask people on earth to pray for me, I ask the angels and saints to pray for me as well. I don’t pray to the saints, but I ask for their intercession. And what better intercessor in heaven do we have than Mary?
Why should we pray the rosary?
1) It is Scriptural. We meditate on the mysteries of Jesus, based in the Gospels, from the Annunciation through the resurrection. The Our Father comes straight from the mouth of Jesus. The Hail Mary is taken from the angel Gabriel and Mary’s cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1).
2) It leads us into the mysteries of faith. While we pray the rosary we are to meditate on the mysteries of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. It is not meant to be just a repetition of words, but an opportunity to enter into the deep, inexhaustible mysteries of Jesus Christ.
3) Mary told us to. Mary appeared to St. Dominic and asked him to spread the news to pray the rosary. When she appeared to the three young people in Fatima, Portugal, she identified herself as “Our Lady of the Rosary”. Study these apparitions. Mary never asks for the attention. She always points us to her Son and asks for repentance and conversion of hearts.
4) The rosary moves hearts to Jesus. Our world needs peace and conversion of hearts to Jesus.
I had often heard priests say that if you don’t have a devotion to the Blessed Mother and to the rosary you are missing out on something very beautiful. I have found that to be true. I now pray the rosary every day. On each bead I pray for someone in particular (our seminarians, my family, my friends, etc.). This has helped me make the rosary relational as I lift up her children to their Mother in heaven.
Pray the rosary as a family in your homes. The rosary can also be the super glue of your family. Teach your children how to pray the rosary and to learn about the life of Jesus. Pray the rosary in the car on the way to work.
Have a blessed day!