1) First Luminous Mystery - JESUS' BAPTISM (Gratitude for the gift of Faith)
o John is baptizing in the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance.
o "I am the voice of one crying in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord."
o "One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie his sandals."
o "I have baptized you with water, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
o Seeing Jesus, John exclaims: "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world."
o Against protests of his own unworthiness, John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan. The Law is fulfilled.
o After Jesus' baptism a voice from Heaven: "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."
o The Spirit descends upon Jesus in the form of a dove.
o In this heavenly manifestation is instituted the sacrament of baptism.
o Divine Trinity is manifested: the voice of the Father is heard as the Spirit descends upon the Son.
2) Second Luminous Mystery - THE WEDDING AT CANA (Fidelity)
o Jesus, His Mother and disciples were invited to a wedding in Cana.
o During the wedding feast the wine ran short.
o Interceeding for the bridegroom, Mary turned to Jesus: "They have no wine."
o Jesus replied: "What would you have me do? My hour has not yet come."
o Mary said to the waiters: "Do whatever he tells you."
o There were six stone water jars, each holding fifteen to twenty gallons.
o Jesus bid the waiters fill the jars with water, then draw some out and take it to the chief steward.
o The steward said: "Everyone serves the good wine first... but you saved the good wine until now."
o "My time is not yet come". But, at Mary’s request, Jesus worked the miracle. She is our Intercessor.
o By His presence, Christian marriage was raised to the dignity of a Sacrament.
3) Third Luminous Mystery - PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM (Desire for Holiness)
o "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand."
o "My kingdom is not of this world."
o "Unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven."
o "Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God in the same manner as a little child will not enter it."
o "I have come to call sinners, not the just."
o "Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you and despitefully use you."
o "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
o "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied."
o "Blessed are they who suffer persecution for My sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
o "You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church... I will give you the keys to heaven."
4) Fourth Luminous Mystery - THE TRANSFIGURATION (Spiritual Courage and Change)
o Jesus took Peter, James and John up a mountain to pray, and was transfigured in front of them.
o "His face became as dazzling as the sun, his clothes as radiant as light."
o This was to fortify their faith to withstand the coming tragedy of the Passion.
o We also must look to spiritual transformation and preparation for our own Passions.
o Jesus foresaw the 'scandal of the cross,' and prepared them for it by manifestation of His glory.
o Moses and Elias (the Law and the prophets) were speaking with Jesus about His passion.
o "Do not think I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets... but to fulfill them."
o From a cloud came a voice: "This is my beloved Son, listen to Him."
o Jesus admonishes them not to tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man rises from the dead.
o We too will behold the transfigured Jesus on the Last Day.
5) Fifth Luminous Mystery - THE EUCHARIST (Love of our Eucharistic Lord)
o "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer."
o Jesus took bread, blessed it: "Take and eat, this is My Body."
o Taking the wine: "This cup is the new covenant in my Blood, shed for you for forgiveness of sins."
o At that eucharistic meal, Jesus celebrated the first Mass.
o At every Mass, the same sacrifice of Calvary is made present to us.
o At the Last Supper Jesus instituted the sacrament of Holy Orders to perpetuate this sacrifice.
o "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him."
o The Eucharist is a sacrifice because it is offered up, and a sacrament because it is received.
o In the Mass we offer ourselves to God, and God gives himself to us.
o The Mass will be fruitful in the measure of our surrender to the Father.