October 07, 2006

The Third Luminous Mystery is often mostly obscured

Published guides for praying the Rosary’s “Luminous Mysteries” or “Mysteries of Light” usually give an incomplete description of the third of these mysteries.

They designate it merely as Jesus proclaiming the Kingdom of God.

When Pope John Paul II promulgated the Luminous Mysteries, he wrote that the third of these mysteries is Jesus doing four things, not just one.

Here, in the official English translation, is the description of the Third Luminous Mystery in the words of Pope John Paul II.

Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God,

calls to conversion

and forgives the sins of all who draw near to him in humble trust:

the inauguration of that ministry of mercy which he continues to exercise until the end of the world, particularly through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which he has entrusted to his Church.

Accordingly, the Third Luminous Mystery is correctly summed up as follows.

Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God,
calls to conversion,
forgives sins,
and inaugurates the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Blogger Ray from MN said...

Father, thank you!

That makes so much sense. I've been so confused. Some kept referring to the "public ministry of Jesus", others to the "Sermon on the Mount."

But the Sacrament of Reconciliation is so important, it needs to be acknowledged with along with Baptism, Matrimony and the Eucharist in the Luminous Mysteries.

As long as we're talking about the Sacraments, Holy Orders was instituted at the Last Supper and Confirmation at Pentecost.

Is there an "official" incident in the Gospels from which the "Last Rites" derived their existence?

3:00 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

We no longer call that sacrament "The Last Rites" or "Extreme Unction".

Even when we called it by those names, we still called the Holy Oil for that sacrament, "The Oil of the Sick."

We have returned to the more ancient name of the sacrament, "The Anointing of the Sick."

In the Gospel where we see Jesus sending out the apostles, and the apostles healing the sick.

Mark 6:13. "And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them."

Then there is the following injuction of the New Testament.
James 5:14-15. "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven."

3:26 PM  

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