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Third Luminous Mystery The Proclamation of the Kingdom After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”Spiritual fruit: Desire for Holiness, Grace of Conversion.Pope John Paul II suggest that we focus on Christ’s call to conversion and his forgiveness.
With Jesus in the desertLife of PrayerExercises of virtue contrary to vices
1. With Jesus in the Desert “You must pray and suffer in order to say: “Father, your will alone be done.” “I ask you to offer to the Lord your life of prayer and suffering for the salvation this poor humanity.” (Gobbi)
1A. With Jesus in the Desert In deepest humility He prostrated Himself upon the ground which was always the prelude of his prayer and that of his most blessed Mother He continued his prayers prostrate in the form of a cross, this was his most frequent occupation in the desert; for in this manner He often prayed to the eternal Father for the salvation of men. (Mary of Agreda)
After the Savior had1B. With Jesus begun his fast He in the Desert persevered therein without eating anything for forty days, offering his fast to the eternal Father as a satisfaction for the disorder and sins to which men are drawn by the so vile and debasing, yet so common vice of gluttony. He satisfied the offenses committed through them by the exercises of the virtues contrary to them. (Mary of Agreda)
1C. With Jesus So our most loving Father and Brother, Jesus in the Desert Christ, wished to pay our debts. In satisfaction for our pride He offered his profound humility; for our avarice, his voluntary poverty and total privation. He continued to appease the just Judge and solicited pardon for us disobedient and bastard children; and He not only obtained this pardon for them, but He merited for them new graces and favors. (Mary of Agreda)
1D. With Jesus in the desert “You too should go with Jesus into the desert. Offer yourselves with Him for the perfect carrying out of the Father’s plan. Prepare yourselves for the important mission which awaits you, because my time has come. In the desert, you will feel great hunger and thirst solely for the word of God, the painful cold because of sin in the world, and the burning heat of the Spirit of God.” (Gobbi)
1E. With Jesus in the desert “In the desert, Jesus lived alone and with Him. I will bring you to interior solitude, detaching you from your own selves, from creatures, from the world , so that you may listen to the voice of the great silence. In the desert, Jesus prayed to the Father without cease. I am leading you to prayer which must become unceasing and continuous.” (Gobbi)
1F. With Jesus in the desert “Pray always, with your life, with your heart, with your work, with your pain, with your weariness, with your wounds. Only in the desert that your heavenly Mother can train you to have a taste for prayer. You must pray and suffer in order to say: “Father, your will alone be done.” (Gobbi)
Remarkable description of Jesus in the desert by Mary of Agreda in the Mystical City of God. Without delay Christ our Lord pursued his journey from the Jordan to the desert after his Baptism. Only his holy angels attended and accompanied Him, serving and worshipping Him, singing the divine praises on account of what He was now about to undertake for the salvation of mankind. He came to the place chosen by Him for his fast: a desert spot among bare and beetling rocks, where there was also a cavern much concealed. Here He halted, choosing it for his habitation during the days of his fast (Matth. 4, 1). He In deepest humility He prostrated Himself upon the ground which was always the prelude of his prayer and that of his most blessed Mother. He praised the eternal Father and gave Him thanks for the works of his divine right hand and for having according to his pleasure afforded Him this retirement. In a suitable manner He thanked even this desert for accepting his presence and keeping Him hidden from the world during the time He was to spend there. He continued his prayers prostrate in the form of a cross, this was his most frequent occupation in the desert; for in this manner He often prayed to the eternal Father for the salvation of men.
After the Savior had begun his fast He persevered therein without eating anything for forty days, offering his fast to the eternal Father as a satisfaction for the disorder and sins to which men are drawn by the so vile and debasing, yet so common and even esteemed vice of gluttony. Just as our Lord overcame this vice so He also vanquished all the rest, and He made recompense to the eternal Judge and supreme Legislator for the injuries perpetrated through these vices by men. According to the enlightenment vouchsafed to me, our Savior, in order to assume the office of Preacher and Teacher and to become our Mediator and Redeemer before the Father, thus vanquished all the vices of mortals and He satisfied the offenses committed through them by the exercises of the virtues contrary to them, just as He did in regard to gluttony.
So our most loving Father and Brother, Jesus Christ, wished to pay our debts. In satisfaction for our pride He offered his profound humility; for our avarice, his voluntary poverty and total privation of all that was his; for our base and lustful inclinations, his penance and austerity; for our hastiness and vengeful anger, his meekness and charity toward his enemies; for our negligence and laziness, his ceaseless labors; for our deceitfulness and our envy, his candid and upright sincerity and truthfulness and the sweetness of his loving interactions. In this manner He continued to appease the just Judge and solicited pardon for us disobedient and bastard children; and He not only obtained this pardon for them, but He merited for them new graces and favors, so that they might make themselves worthy of his company and of the vision of his Father and his own inheritance for all eternity.
In order to keep informed of the doings of our Savior the most blessed Mary needed no other assistance than her continual visions and revelations; but in addition to all these, She made use of the service of her holy angels, whom She sent to her divine Son. The Lord himself thus ordered it, in order that, by means of these faithful messengers, both He and She might rejoice in the sentiments and thoughts of their inmost hearts; and thus They each heard the very same words as uttered by Each. As soon as the great Lady understood that our Redeemer was on the way to the desert to fulfill his intention, She locked the doors of her dwelling, without letting any one know of her presence. She entered into her oratory and remained there for forty days and nights without ever leaving it and without eating anything, just as She knew was done by her most holy Son. Both of them observed the same course of rigorous fasting. In all his prayers and exercises, his prostrations and genuflections She followed our Savior, not omitting any of them; moreover She performed them just at the same time; for, leaving aside all other occupations, She thus profited by the information obtained from the angels and by that other knowledge, which I have already described. Whether He was present or not, She knew the interior operations of the soul of Christ.
While the Savior was in the desert He made every day three hundred genuflections, which also was done by our Queen Mary in her oratory; the other portion of her time She spent in composing hymns with the angels, as I have said in the last chapter. Thus imitating Christ the Lord, the Holy Queen co-operated with Him in all his prayers and petitions, gaining the same victories over the vices, and on her part proportionately satisfying for them by her virtues and her exertions. Thus it happened, that, while Christ as our Redeemer gained for us so many blessings and abundantly paid all our debts, most holy Mary, as his Helper and our Mother, lent us her merciful intercession and became our Mediatrix to the fullest extent possible to a mere creature.
In order to begin the battle as man, He directed a prayer to the eternal Father from his inmost soul, to which the intelligence of the demon could not penetrate, saying: "My Father and eternal God, I now enter into battle with the enemy in order to crush his power and humble his pride and his malice against my beloved souls. For thy glory, and for the benefit of souls I submit to the daring presumption of Lucifer. I wish thereby to crush his head in order that when mortals are attacked by his temptations without their fault, they may find his arrogance already broken. I beseech Thee, my Father, to remember my battle and victory in favor of mortals assailed by the common enemy. Strengthen their weakness through my triumph, let them obtain victory; let them be encouraged by my example, and let them learn from Me how to resist and overcome their enemies.
The temptation of Christ began on the thirty-fifth day of his fast in the desert, and lasted to the end of the fast, The Lord allowed the demon to continue in his temptation and for this purpose permitted Himself carried by the devil bodily to Jerusalem and to be placed on the pinnacle of the temple. She had seen them all by the divine light already described and by the uninterrupted messages of her angels, who brought them back and forth between the Savior and the blessed Queen. She repeated the same prayers as the Lord and at the same time! She entered likewise into the conflict with the dragon, though invisibly and spiritually.. When She perceived that the demon carried the Lord from place to place, She wept bitterly, because the malice of sin reduced the King of kings to such misusage. In honor of all the victories, which He gained over the devil, She composed hymns of praise to the Divinity.
Seek the KingdomOf God and His will.Bring light to the world
2. “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” In this most secularized society today, am I also putting worldly pursuits of fame, fortune, pleasures and enjoyment of life first, and the kingdom of God last? We need to reassess our lives often and turn back to God. (True conversion)
2A. “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” “The will of God is your sanctification. Walk along the road of an ever more perfect knowledge of Him. Let the word of God be your daily food; savour all the beauty in the Gospel.” (Gobbi)
2B. “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” Am I aware that I have the divine command to announce God’s Kingdom till the ends of the earth, by prayer, preaching, and action?
2C. “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” “Come out from your hiding, my beloved sons, and go everywhere to enlighten the earth with the sole light of Christ. Your times have arrived. Do not be afraid if you are unknown to the world. Show yourselves to all as the apostles of these last times. I announce to you that your liberation is near.” (Gobbi)
“Your light will shine more and more and will spread throughout all this vast continent. Your light will shine by way of your witness of faith. Be the light set on a lamp-stand, to draw along the road of truth many of my poor children who are walking in the darkness of error. Your light will shine by way of your witness of holiness. See how materialism and hedonism are threatening this great country. The search for pleasure, money, comfort, entertainment and impurity have become for many the only ideal in life. Bring back to the house of the Father these poor children of mine who have gone astray. (Gobbi)
“You are being formed to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus with courage and zeal. Let yourselves be guided solely by the wisdom of the Gospel, and to live the Gospel to the letter. White flakes of snow are coming down from my Immaculate Heart upon you, so that you may bring everywhere the light of the divine Word, and become instruments which make shine everywhere, in its greatest splendor, all the truth contained in the Gospel of my Son Jesus. White flakes of snow are coming down from my Immaculate Heart upon you, so that you may bring to all my motherly voice which leads you to hope and confidence. Thus you can take by the hand many of my poor children and cross together the bright thresholds of hope, with the triumph of my Immaculate Heart, the white snowflakes of Divine Mercy.”
3. “ My Kingdom is not of this world .”“Today the Gospel should be lived with the simplicity of little ones,with the ardour of martyrs, and with the fidelity of courageouswitnesses; it should be lived to the letter! You are being called tofollow me along the road of heroic and pure faith.” (Gobbi)
5. Ministry of Mercy and Forgiveness:Christ came to us not as a just judge but a saviour,offering us forgiveness & chance to start over again. When we confess our sins in the sacrament of reconciliation, we also encounter Jesus who offers us forgiveness, and grace to strengthen us.Paolo Veronese, Christ addressing a kneeling woman. 1528. London Gallery.
How Jesus treated his disciples by Mary of Agreda, Mystical city of God. In the Apostles thus called He enkindled, from the moment of their joining the Master, a new light and fire of divine love and showered upon them the sweetness of his blessings (Ps. 20, 4). It is not possible worthily to describe the labors undergone by the divine Teacher in the vocation and education of these and of the other disciples, in order to found upon them the Church. He sought them out with great diligence and solicitude; He bore with them with invincible patience; He caressed them as a most loving Father caresses his tender and darling sons. The work of transforming and raising them from their rough natural state into such a heavenly and divine position by his instructions and example, necessarily was a vast enterprise. In the performance of this work the Lord has left a most exalted example of patience, and charity for all the prelates, princes and whoever is charged with the guidance of subjects. Not less significant for us sinners are the proofs of his fatherly kindness: for He was not satisfied with simply bearing with their faults and defects, their natural inclinations and passions but He allowed his tender kindness to overflow thus wonderfully toward them .
Ministry of Mercyand healingBe my handsBring help to the poor
4. The inauguration of the ministry of mercy and healing, and the forgiveness of sinsEl Greco 1541-1614 Christ Healing the Blind Gemaldegalerie. Dresden Germany.
The Savior then pursued his way to Nazareth instructing his new children and disciples not only the mysteries of faith, but in all virtues by word and example, as He continued to do during the whole period of his evangelical preaching. With this in view He searched out the poor and afflicted, consoled the sick and sorrowful, visited the infirmaries and prisons, performing miracles of mercy as well for body as for soul. She served them as an example and model of true devotion, entering at once into her office as Instructress and spiritual Mother of the disciples of Christ by showing then how to converse with their God and Redeemer. (Mary of Agreda)
4A. “You must be my hands, to distribute copious graces to all who find themselves in any necessity. I want to manifest myself through you.” (Gobbi)
4B. “You must be my hands. Pour balm upon many painful wounds,bring help to those who are in poverty and neglect; assist the suffering,the marginalized, the little people, the oppressed and the persecuted.”(Gobbi)
4C. “You must become instruments which I will make use of for thehealing of all poor sinners. For this I invite you to walk along the wayof love, of divine grace, of penance, of prayer, and of holiness.”
4D. He searched out the poor and afflicted, consoled thesick and sorrowful, visited the infirmaries and prisons,performing miracles of mercy for body as well as for soul.
6. Bring help to the poor “Open your hands to the aid of all. Go along the rough roads in search of my poor wandering children. Bring help to those who are in poverty and neglect. Assist the suffering, the little, the marginalized, the oppressed and the persecuted.” Offer me your hearts so that I may love in you and by means of you.” (Gobbi)Domenico Fiasella, Christ raises the son of the widow. 1615. Sarasota.
6A. Be my hands “You must be the Hands of your heavenly Mother, which are always opened to pour the fullness of graces upon all her children!” “You must be my hands, to distribute copious graces to all in need. I want to manifest myself through you. I desire to distribute my graces through your hands.” (Gobbi)Domenico Fiasella, Christ raises the son of the widow. 1615. Sarasota.
6B. Bring help to the poor “Show yourselves as the apostles of these last times. Walk along the road of contempt for the world and for yourselves, of humility and littleness, of love and purity. Love always; judge no one. Set out upon all the roads of the world, in search of my poor straying children. Carry them all into the safe refuge of my Immaculate Heart.” (Gobbi)Domenico Fiasella, Christ raises the son of the widow. 1615. Sarasota.
7. Go everywhere to gather the weakest. “Go everywhere to gather the weakest, the littlest, the most fragile, those who are suffering most, those who are farthest away, those who are lost. Bring all to me. I want to save all my children, through you.” (Gobbi)Bartolome Murillo, Christ healing a paralytic. 1671. National Gallery. London
7A. Go everywhere to gather the weakest. “Set out upon all the roads of the world in search of my poor straying children. Take up in you arms the poor, the abandoned, the sick, the desperate, the oppressed, and all the innumerable victims of violence, hatred and wars. Carry them all into my refuge.” (Gobbi)Bartolome Murillo, Christ healing a paralytic. 1671. National Gallery. London
“These are the times of yourwitness. Give to all thewitness of being consecratedto me. Your life must beillumined by my motherlypresence. You must spreadabout you the charisma ofmy holiness, mercy andtenderness.Whoever sees you must seethe power of my light; thesweet balm of my mercy.Give my help to those whoare far away, the poor, thesick, the sinners, thedesperate”. (Gobbi)
“Come with me, yourShepherdess, in thesearch of the many littlesheep who have lost theirway and are running thedanger of dying of hungerand cold.“You are to go again intoevery part of the world, andto announce with power mymessage to all.”(Gobbi)
“You must be truly Jesus today,for the men of you time.Jesus who speaks, and thus youwill speak only the truthcontained in the GospelJesus who acts; you must aboveall relive Jesus in your life andbe a living Gospel.For this I will make you everpurer, poorer, smaller and morehumble. I am his Mother andyours, and I know how to helpyou to grow like other little Jesusfor the salvation of all mychildren.(Gobbi)
“With the heart of Jesus, havelove for all your brothers and mychildren. How many of them arewalking the roads of this worldlike sheep without a shepherd,exposed to every kind of danger!How many have been woundedby sin, made into slaves of evil,victims of hate! How many thereare who are poor, who areexploited, weak, suffering. Theirdesperate cry for help reaches upto me, and deeply wounding mymother’s heart. (Gobbi)
“I am with you on all theby-ways of the world. I savethe perishing, restore healthto the sick, console theafflicted, encourage thedown-hearted, raise upthose who have fallen, findthose who have lost theyway.It is the hour of DivineMercy. I wish to act throughyou.” (Gobbi)
7. “Go everywhere to gather the weakest, the littlest, the most fragile,those who are suffering most, those who are farthest away, those whoare lost. Bring all to me. I want to save all my children, through you” (Gobbi)
Raising of LazarusMultiplication of LoavesWalking on waves
8. The Raising of LazarusSebastiano del Piombo, Raising of Lazarus. 1485. National gallery. London
9. The Multiplication of loavesGiovanni Lanfranco, Multiplication of loaves,1624. National Gallery. Ireland.
10. The walking on waves Why do you doubt?John Arvid Nelson. Why do you doubt.
WORDS OF THE QUEEN on PURITY & LOVE OF ST. JOHN (The Virgin Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain.) “My daughter, I see thee much moved to emulation and desire by the great happiness of the disciples of my most holy Son, and especially that of saint John, my favored servant. It is certain that I loved him in a special manner; because he was most pure and candid as a dove; and in the eyes of the Lord he was very pleasing, both on account of his purity and on account of his love toward me. His example should serve thee as a spur to do that which my Son and I expect of thee. Thou art aware, my dearest, that I am the most pure Mother and that I receive with maternal affection those who fervently and devoutly desire to be my children and servants in the Lord. By the love which He has given me, I shall embrace them with open arms and shall be their Intercessor and Advocate. Thy poverty, uselessness and weakness shall be for me only a more urgent motive for manifesting toward thee my most liberal kindness. Therefore, I call upon thee to become my chosen and beloved daughter in the holy Church.”
“I shall, however, make the fulfillment of my promise depend upon a service on thy part: namely, that thou have a true and holy emulation of the love with which I loved saint John, and of all the blessings flowing from it, by imitating him as perfectly as thy powers will allow. Hence, thou must promise to fulfill all that I now command thee, without failing in the least point. I desire, then, that thou labor until all love of self die within thee, that thou suppress all the effects of the first sin until all the earthly inclinations consequent upon it are totally extinguished; that thou seek to restore within thee that dove-like sincerity and simplicity which destroys all malice and duplicity. In all thy doings thou must be an angel, since the condescension of the Most High with thee was so great as to furnish thee with the light and intelligence more of an angel than that of a human creature. I have procured for thee these great blessings and, therefore, it is but reasonable on my part to expect thee to correspond with them in thy works and in thy thoughts. In regard to me thou must cherish a continual affection and loving desire of pleasing and serving me, being always attentive to my counsels and having thy eyes fixed upon me in order to know and execute what I command. Then shalt thou be my true daughter, and I shall be thy Protectress and loving Mother.”
WORDS OF THE QUEEN. (The Virgin Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain.) “My daughter, all that thou hast written in this chapter is a most important warning for all those that live in the flesh and in the imminent danger of losing eternal happiness. It should teach them to seek my most kind and powerful intercession and to fear the judgments of the Most High; for in this lies an efficacious means of salvation and of meriting higher reward for the Lord. I wish to remind thee once more, that among the secrets revealed to the beloved John at the last Supper, was also this, that he had become the beloved disciple of Christ on account of his love toward me, and that Judas fell because he despised the mercy and kindness which I had shown him. At that time, also, the evangelist understood other great mysteries communicated and wrought in me; that I should take part in the labor and suffering of the Passion and that he should have special charge of me. My dearest, the purity which I require of thee must be greater than that of an angel; and if thou strive after it thou wilt become my dearest child, as saint John , and a most beloved and favored spouse of my Son and Lord. His example and the ruin of Judas should continually serve thee as a stimulus and as a warning, to seek only after my love and to be sincerely thankful for the love shown thee without thy merit.”
The ( National ) Rosary For the Evangelization of (Nations)1. Fatima Prayer: To Eucharistic Jesus, source of all evangelization. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy.”2. Invocation of the Holy Spirit: Principal agent of evangelization. “Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of the (National) people and enkindle in them the fire of your love! Come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse.”3. Prayer to Our Lady of ( Nation ): Star of the new evangelization. “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of (Nation), come and present the (National) people to Jesus, the fruit of thy womb. Look upon them continually with mercy and through your