Daily Thought For October 7, 2020

 Our Lady of the Rosary

The Pope calls the Rosary the “school of Mary.” This does not mean, as those unacquainted with the Rosary may suppose, that Mary is the goal or object of this prayer. On the contrary, the “school of Mary” has for its entire curriculum and focus the person of Jesus Christ. Who spent more time looking upon Jesus than Mary, as she watched her beloved child slowly grow into a strong young man? Who spoke to Jesus more than Mary? Who was present with Him more than anyone else? Who modeled trust and faith in Jesus more than Mary? The Holy Father tells us: “As we contemplate each mystery of her Son’s life, she invites us to do as she did at the Annunciation: to ask humbly the questions which open us to the light, in order to end with the obedience of faith: ‘Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word’ (Lk. 1:38)” (RVM 14). By taking up this Marian prayer, we are, in a sense, transported to Mary’s side, so that like her, we too can “contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and … experience the depths of his love” (RVM 1).

Gray, T. (2004). The Luminous Mysteries: Biblical Reflections on the Life of Christ (pp. xv–xvi). Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing.

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