Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Rosary Mysteries for Lent: The Proclamation of the Kingdom

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Since I'm Irish, I wore green all day and made a delicious Beef and Guiness Stew

I finally dusted off my road bike for the first time in quite awhile.  An injury has kept me from riding, and it was wonderful to get outside and pray the Rosary as I enjoyed the beautiful spring weather.  The sheep and cows were grazing, the grass was a beautiful shade of emerald green, and a few wildflowers added color to the backdrop of the rolling hills with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.

As I prayed the Luminous Mysteries, I reflected on The Proclamation of the Kingdom.  Jesus tells us that "the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 10:7)  Lent is the perfect time to reflect on how we live that reality each day.  Heaven is ours to enter if we follow in the footsteps of Christ.  A good place to start is to carefully read The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), which are often cited as part of this third Luminous Mystery.  Spend some time reflecting on how they apply to your daily life.

Reminder: Today is Day 7 of the St. Joseph Novena.


Sue Elvis said...

Peggy, I have been reading your thoughts on the Rosary mysteries and I am finding them helpful. Thank you! I (respectfully) wonder if the title of your blog is accurate. I wouldn't say I don't know much about the Rosary (I have been praying it for many years) but I am still enjoying your posts very much. You have a lot to offer those who are very familiar with this prayer. God bless.

Peggy Bowes said...

Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Sue. When I first started this blog, my goal was to help people who aren't familiar with the Rosary. You make a good point that we can never completely fathom the depths of the mystery no matter how frequently we pray it. I'll ask the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Mother for help in finding a more suitable title for this blog. If you (or anyone else) has any suggestions, please let me know! God bless!

Sue Elvis said...

I hope you didn't think of my comment as a criticism, Peggy. I can see why you chose your blog name. Please don't think about changing it because of my comment. I guess I just wanted to let you know you are reaching out and helping more people than you might have originally intended. Thank you for your posts. God bless!

Peggy Bowes said...

Sue, I didn't at all think of your comment as criticism. On the contrary, I found it very helpful. I'm just going to spend some time in prayer considering the possibility of a new title. Thank you for your nice words. God bless!