Shortly before Christ began teaching in public, St John received God’s call while living in the desert. After this, he began to preach in the country near the River Jordan. St John told the people to repent of their sins, to be charitable, and to prepare for the coming of Christ. His mission is described … Continue reading The Preaching of St John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-12)
In St Luke’s gospel, we read how Christ told three parables about God’s mercy towards sinners. The first was the Parable of the Lost Sheep. In this intriguing story, he spoke of a shepherd who leaves ninety-nine of his one hundred sheep in the desert to go in search of just one who had gone … Continue reading The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)
Eight days later, the disciples were again in the house, and on this occasion Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and he said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Do not doubt any longer, but believe.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He replied, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
“When he was at table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight."
Mary turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have removed him, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!”
The Second Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the Ascension of Christ. It's a meditation on Christ's return to heaven, forty days after his Resurrection.
The First Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the Resurrection of Christ. It's a meditation on Christ's miraculous return to life and the discovery of his empty tomb.
The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary is the Crucifixion. It's a meditation on Christ's death, including being nailed to the cross and his last words to his mother.
The Third Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary is the Crowning with Thorns. It's a meditation on Christ's mistreatment by the Roman soldiers, who insulted him and crowned him with a wreath of thorns.