Our Lord said to his disciples: Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! (Luke 10:23). These words can be applied to us when we pray the Rosary; because in the Mysteries of the Rosary we witness the Saviour live his life of love all over again, and his life makes it plain that God is Love.
The Church wants us to learn more about our faith, about the great mysteries of redemption. Even though Our Lord walked this earth more than two thousand years ago, his saving work continues today. We won’t love very deeply unless and until we have become saturated with the Mysteries of Christ. These Mysteries are the heart and soul of God’s loving work for us. The Rosary gives us an easy way to reflect upon the Mysteries of our salvation.
Too many people become so bogged down with the observance of external regulations and duties that they overlook the finer things of God. We can forget to keep our focus on God’s love. Perhaps that’s why some Catholics find their faith so hard to live.
Praying the Rosary is a way to help us keep our focus. It requires not just that we think upon the Mystery proposed for our meditation, but that we allow the Christ who is revealed in that living picture to work in us and through us. Meditating on the Mystery and praying as best we can mean that we allow him into our lives. Our Lord becomes real to us, and so little by little he occupies a larger part in our lives.
This is why the Rosary can be so fruitful. Many people nowadays simply don’t have the time to sit down and read the latest books on theology or the spiritual life. People who work or who care for a family can’t spend a long time in mental prayer. God calls each of us to our own particular vocation and apostolate, and to our own daily routine duties. And so God calls us to a form of prayer that is appropriate to our specific needs. And there are plenty to choose from. When that prayer leads us to know and love Our Lord, then we can bring him to the world.
The Rosary is a prayer that gives us an opportunity to make the daily and necessary contact with the redeeming Christ in the Mysteries of his love. And as we contemplate Our Lord’s life during our Rosary meditation, we ask Our Lady to obtain for us the grace of always remaining in Christ’s love.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.