The Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Nativity. It's a meditation on the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, following the angel's appearance to the shepherds.
8th December “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch will grow from his roots. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him.” (Isaiah 11:1) Jesse was the father of King David and another direct ancestor of Christ. In the First Book of Samuel, he is referred to as … Continue reading Jesse, the root of the family tree
5th December “God said to him, “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and become numerous. People and assemblies of people shall come from you. Kings shall come forth from your loins.” (Genesis 35:11) Jacob was the second son of Isaac and his beloved wife, Rebekah, who lived in the land of Canaan. He had an … Continue reading Jacob, the ancestor of kings
Aaron was the older brother of Moses and Israel’s first high priest. He served as Moses’ spokesperson and played a key role in leading the Israelites out of Egypt. God himself told Moses to appoint Aaron as the first high priest. This special role involved acting as mediator between the people and God. Once a … Continue reading Aaron is appointed high priest (Sirach 45:6-22)
This very human story of how Christ talked anonymously with two mourning disciples is found in St Luke’s gospel, although it’s briefly mentioned in St Mark’s too (16:12-13). Pope Benedict XVI once summarised it very well. He said: “It tells the tale of two followers of Christ who, on the day after the Sabbath or … Continue reading The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)