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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 7, 2019

Monday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Acts 1:12-14

Lk 1:46-55

Lk 1:26-38


Queen of Rosary

 

Gospel Reading

 

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you." But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.


Reflection


The Rosary – Stringing of Life Experiences in the Spirit

 

 

There are various forms spiritual exercises in our Christian tradition. Rosary is one of the most widespread forms of popular piety. In Rosary we find a form of prayer adapted to human imagination and emotions. This imaginative and emotional quality is the reason of its popularity.

 

 

The attraction of the Rosary prayer is that it combines both the word and the image into a harmonious experience of fervent devotion. While uttering the words of prayer the corresponding images pass through our mind’s eye. Images are drawn from actual life experiences. In the Rosary prayer we have the interpretation of human experiences of joy, sorrow, consolation and hope in the light of the biblical events.

 

 

Rosary plays a great role in Marian devotion. It teaches us the way to look at our life experiences in the way Mary, our Mother did in her life. We are similar to Mary, as weak human beings, willing to follow Jesus. We look at Mary as one among us and, at the same time, one who could follow Jesus intimately, feeling and knowing his mind. Nobody could know Jesus better than Mary, his Mother. In Mary we find, therefore, the best model of a true disciple, who followed Jesus to the glory of heaven.

 

 

How could Mary successfully reach the goal of life, living in this world like us, ordinary human beings?  The answer is: Mary could make her life a Rosary, piercing the beads of her life experiences and enabling through each of them the passage of the Spirit of God. She recollected and redeemed all her experiences of joys and sorrows, stringing them on the thread of the Spirit.

 

 

It is the one and the same Spirit of God that runs through all different human experiences making our lives a Rosary.  The mysteries of Joy, Sorrow, Manifestation and Glorification become sensible and meaningful to us when we see them pervaded by the presence of the Spirit in each of them. Recognizing and recollecting all the scattered experiences of day to day life and stringing them together we can make our life a Rosary pleasing to God.

 

 

Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI

 

 


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