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)
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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.
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!”
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him to life on the third day and allowed him to be seen not by all the people but by witnesses who were chosen by God in advance—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
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 Second Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary is the Scourging at Pillar. It's a meditation on the scourging of Christ on the orders of Pontius Pilate, before he was taken away to die.
The First Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary is the Agony in the Garden. It's a meditation on Christ's last night before he died, which he spent in the Garden of Gethsemane with the apostles.
The Fourth Luminous Mystery of the Rosary is the Transfiguration of Christ. It's a meditation on Christ's heavenly encounter with Moses and Elijah in the presence of three of the apostles.
The Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Finding in the Temple. It's a meditation on when the Virgin and St Joseph found the teenage Christ in the Temple, after he had gone missing.