Lives of the Saints

There is Something About Mary Series – Feeling God’s Presence

Day 18: Ponder, Pray, Reflect, Act

Ponder:  When we go with God, we feel His presence and see the miracles.

The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.  The Luminous Mysteries of the rosary are one of the four themed categories of the rosary often referred to as the Mysteries of Light. They capture some incredible moments filled with Jesus’ divinity. Traditionally prayed on Thursdays, these mysteries are taken mostly from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John in the New Testament.

In these mysteries, apart from the miracle at Cana, the presence of Mary remains in the background. The Gospels make only the briefest reference to her occasional presence at one moment or other during the preaching of Jesus, and they give no indication that she was present at the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. Yet the role she assumed at Cana in some way accompanies Christ throughout his ministry. The revelation made directly by the Father at the Baptism in the Jordan and echoed by John the Baptist is placed upon Mary’s lips at Cana, and it becomes the great maternal counsel which Mary addresses to the Church of every age: “Do whatever he tells you”. This counsel is a fitting introduction to the words and signs of Christ’s public ministry, and it forms the Marian foundation of all the “mysteries of light”.

Pray: The Luminous Mysteries

Lord, when I meditate on these mysteries, I am grateful to enter Your powerful presence.  Help me use these times, when during your time on earth, you show your divinity to see your continued presence in my life, the world and all your creation.  Help me respond to the light of your presence.  I want to hear your voice, do whatever you tell me to do and go wherever you tell me to go.  Let me recognize and thank you for the miracles you bring me, especially the gift of life.    

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


Reflect:  The presence of Jesus is powerful. When he was walking the earth, his presence demanded a response. People were attracted to His divinity.  They would seek Him out and follow him wherever he went.  His presence was especially powerful in those moments that revealed his divinity. They proclaim: “This is the chosen one, the one you have been waiting upon for so very long, this is the Messiah, this is the Son of God!” He continues to live with us and reveal the same miracles in our lives.

Act:  Today, I go with you God.  I will do what you tell me to do.  Allow me to feel your presence and see your miracles. 

Inspire with your life. Words convince the mind, but actions change the heart.

2 thoughts on “There is Something About Mary Series – Feeling God’s Presence”

  1. Such beautiful imagery and words. Love how you structured the verse to reflect following Jesus.

    Can’t wait till we get to come up and hang those items in your beautiful home! Love You!

    Sent from my iPhone


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