Ponder: Do we give God our best time, best efforts, best talents or just what is left over?
After the opening prayers of the rosary, we announce the first mystery and read the relevant Scripture passage slowly with attention, a lectino divina style of praying the scriptures. Pause for a few moments of silence and then recite the indicated prayers (#5 below) while meditating on that mystery. You may make a prayer request at the beginning of each decade or offer a Hail Mary for a specific person.
Pray: The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity.
Jesus is born in Bethlehem. The fruit of the mystery: Poverty of Spirit.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” The Visit of the Shepherds. When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. (Luke 2:4-17)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, who was born to you in Bethlehem. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Pray for us Mary, cause of our joy, that out of love for Christ we may detach our hearts from the material things and esteem of the world.Amen
Reflect: The world is a mess: war, poverty, corruption, greed, selfishness, violence, abuse, injustice. The face of evil torments ordinary people every day, and yet God chose to put himself in the middle of our mess. The humility of God is incredible. He places himself right in the middle of our mess as the solution to it. We don’t deserve it. We have no claim to it. God gives us a new beginning, a fresh start, freely and without merit. Let’s be like the Wise Men who demonstrated extraordinary effort to give their best to God giving the holy family life giving gifts that sustained them.
Act: Today, I will say “Thy Will Be Done” and listen with an open heart.
Inspire with your life.
Words convince the mind, but actions change the heart.