When I was a kid in Catholic school, I learned all the Mysteries of the Rosary and what days to pray them, but I didn’t pray the Rosary everyday. It wasn’t until college that I began to renew my faith, starting with prayer.
I still remember one of the first times I went to Adoration. I had no clue what to do while I was in there, so I decided to pray a Rosary for my Holy Hour. Keep in mind that at the time, the last time I prayed the Rosary was when I was a kid, so I didn’t exactly remember all the Mysteries of the Rosary off the top of my head. And since it was Wednesday, I struggled to remember the Glorious mysteries.
It’s not as easy to find scriptural reflections on the Glorious Mysteries because Mary’s Assumption and Coronation aren’t recorded in Scripture. However, just because it’s not in Scripture doesn’t mean that these things didn’t happen. After all, John said at the end of his Gospel that “There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:25) I think the same can be applied to Mary, and the other apostles as well.
What makes the Glorious Mysteries so special to me is that these mysteries are tales of triumph and victory. After all the sadness of the Sorrowful Mysteries, the stone in front of the tomb is rolled away. A bright light shines out in the predawn darkness.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15: 55
As the ending of Les Miserables said, “For the wretched of the earth, there is a flame that never dies. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
The Glorious Mysteries remind us that no matter how bad things get, we can never give up on the hope that Christ will win over everything. As a millennial who’s lived through about a dozen false “end of the world” prophecies, I can be assured that while we have to be somewhat vigilant about the End Times, we cannot live in fear that the end of the world could happen any second. Instead, the Glorious Mysteries remind us to live a life of victory, reassuring us that Christ will be with us, even unto death, even at the end of the world.
1.What are your perspectives on the Glorious Mysteries as a whole?
2.When did God lead you to a personal victory or help you overcome something very difficult.
Pray the Glorious Mysteries today in gratitude for the victories God has given to you or in petition for anything you are personally struggling with.