Meditations for the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

May 3rd, 1992
Brother John Raymond

	During Our Lady's month of May let us pray, each day, the Joyful
 Mysteries of the Rosary. The following meditations can be read
 before each Mystery.


	In the middle of a beautiful light could be seen the figure of an
 Angel. It was the Archangel Gabriel. "Hail, full of grace. The Lord
 is with You. You are blessed among all women," said Gabriel to Mary.
 Then there was silence. It seemed as if time had ceased. What did
 these words mean? She was troubled. The Angel's voice became very
 gentle "Fear not Mary. You have found favor with God." Peace flowed
 back into Mary's soul. The Angel continued "Behold You shall
 conceive and bear a Son; and You shall call His Name `Jesus.' He
 shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the
 Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall
 be King over the house of Jacob forever; and of His Kingdom there
 shall be no end."
	Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. Heaven was on earth.
 Mary was wrapped in the love of God. Never before had any created
 being experienced this intimacy. God was in Her womb.


	Elizabeth was preparing for her first child. She was already
 making baby clothes. She heard a familiar voice outside call out,
 "Elizabeth." It was Mary. When Elizabeth greeted Her she was filled
 with the Holy Spirit and cried out, "Blessed are You among women,
 and blessed is the fruit of Your womb!" 
	Mary stayed for John's birth. She knew this was no ordinary
 child. She wanted to see and hold him who would prepare the way for
 Her Son. Zachary was going to do what the Angel told him in the
 Temple; he was going to name the child "John." His neighbors and
 relatives protested. He should be called by the father's name or at
 least a relative's name. But the mute Zachary wrote, "John is his
 name." Then another marvel of grace took place. Zachary spoke his
 first words in almost a year: "You my child shall be called the
 prophet of the Most High for you shall go before the Lord to prepare
 His way to give His people knowledge of salvation through
 forgiveness of their sins because of the loving kindness of our God.
 A light from on high has visited us, to shine on those in darkness
 and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of


	The Son of God was born! Lowly shepherds keeping watch over their
 sheep were surprised by an unknown light. They were ready to run.
 Then the voice of an Angel came from the light, "Fear not, for I
 bring good tidings of great joy to all the people. For this day is
 born to you a Savior Who is Christ the Lord in the City of David.
 And this shall be a sign to you, You shall find the Infant wrapped
 in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." The shepherds said to
 each other, "Let us go to Bethlehem and see what has been revealed
 to us." Running down the grassy slopes they quickly found the cave.
 Going in they found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a
 manger. They fell down and worshipped Him. Mary spoke for Jesus,
 thanking the shepherds for their visit. After leaving the cave the
 shepherds conferred among themselves about the poverty of the Holy
 Family. They didn't have much but perhaps they could spare some food
 and blankets. Upon returning home they could not restrain themselves
 from telling all their family and friends the good news.


	At the Presentation of the Child at the Temple Simeon said to
 Mary gravely, "Behold this Child is set for the fall and rise of
 many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted, and Your
 own soul a sword shall pierce that out of many hearts thoughts may
 be revealed."
	Mary knew these words were true. Her Child would suffer. Her
 heart was filled with sorrow. Also Joseph suffered from these words
 of Simeon. He loved Mary and Jesus so much. When they suffered he
 suffered too.
	It was not long after Their return to Bethlehem that Simeon's
 prophecy began to unfold. Herod, furious about being tricked by the
 Three Kings, ordered all male children of Bethlehem two years and
 younger to be killed. He could not tolerate a rival to his throne.
 Joseph awoke in the middle of the night and told Mary They must
 escape. An Angel had warned him to leave immediately. With Their few
 belongings They set out for Egypt.

The Finding in the Temple

	At night when the caravan stopped, Joseph and Mary discovered
 Jesus was not with Them. They sought Him among Their relatives and
 friends. Had anyone seen Him? No one had! They remembered Herod's
 successor. Had he taken Jesus? Also many robbers took advantage of
 pilgrims. Had He been kidnapped? Many such thoughts tortured Their
	There was only one thing to do. They must return to Jerusalem.
 The city was still crowded. Not many of the multitude of pilgrims
 had left. They searched for two days. Their love for Jesus was so
 great that Their hearts were breaking. Finally They found Him
 sitting in the midst of the doctors, listening to them and asking
 them questions. All that heard Him were astonished at His wisdom and
 answers. Mary said to Jesus, "Son, why have You done this to Us?
 Your father and I have looked for You sorrowing." Jesus responded,
 "How is it that You looked for Me? Did You not know that I must be
 about My Father's business." Mary and Joseph were relieved to find
 Jesus again. He was safe. Jesus went back to Nazareth with Them and
 was subject to Them.