ROUGH CUTS SUNDAY| The evolution of the Glorious Mysteries

TODAY is Sunday, January 15. It is the Feast of the Sto. Niño.

     This day we will feature the last installment of our reprinting of Pope John Paul II’s “The New Rosary: the Perfect Gospel Prayer.”

     Last Sunday we took up the “Mysteries of Sorrow. This Sunday we will present the “Mysteries of Glory which are prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

   According to Pope John Paul II, under these mysteries the contemplation of Christ’s face cannot stop at the image of the crucified one. He is the Risen One! Contemplating the Risen One.

     Christians rediscover the reasons for their own faith and relive the joy not only of those to whom Christ appeared – the Apostles, Mary Magdalene and the disciples on the road to Emmaus – but also the joy of Mary, who must have had an equally intense experience of the new life of her glorified Son.

     In the Ascension, Christ was raised in glory to the right hand of the Father, while Mary herself would be raised to that same glory in the Assumption, enjoying beforehand, by a unique privilege, the destiny reserved for all the just at the resurrection of the dead. Crowned in the glory – as she appears in the last glorious mystery – Mary shines forth as Queen of the Angels and Saints.

     At the center of this unfolding sequence of the glory of the Son and the Mother, the Rosary sets before us the third glorious mystery, Pentecost, which reveals the face of the Church as a family gathered together with Mary, enlivened by the powerful outpouring of the Spirit and ready for the mission of evangelization.

     The glorious mysteries thus lead the faithful to greater hope for the eschatological goal towards which they journey as members of the pilgrim People of God in history. This can only impel them to bear courageous witness to that “good news” which give meaning to their entire existence.

     To summarize, the five glorious mysteries are the following:

  1. The Resurrection;
  2. The Ascension into Heaven;
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit;
  4. The Assumption of our Lady; and
  5. The Glory of all the Saints with Mary as their Queen.


     Today’s gospel is taken from Mathew 18:1-5; 10.

     It says:

     At that time, the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

     Then Jesus called a little child, set the child in the midst of the disciples, and said, “I assure you, that, unless you change, and become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble, like this child, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and whoever receives such child, in my name, receives me.

     See that you do not despise any of these little ones; for I tell you, their angels in heaven continually see the face of my heavenly Father.

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