THE WORD BECAME FLESH
Thursday of 27th week in Ordinary time, 2021
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Sweet chain which unites…
Dear friends in Christ, today we celebrate Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Pope Leo the XIII on the 2nd November 1883 in his encyclical Supremi Apostolatus says, “Our merciful God…raised up against these most direful enemies, a most holy man, the illustrious parent and founder of the Dominican Order…and by his apostolic labours, he proceeded undauntedly to attack the enemies of the Catholic Church, not by force of arms; but trusting wholly to that devotion which he was the first to institute under the name of the Holy Rosary, which was disseminated through the…earth by him and his pupils…he foresaw that this devotion, like a most powerful warlike weapon, would be the means of putting the enemy to flight, and of confounding their audacity and mad impiety. Such was indeed its result. Thanks to this new method of prayer-when adopted and properly carried out as instituted by the Holy Father St. Dominic— piety, faith, and union began to return, and the projects and devices of the heretics fall to pieces. Many wanderers also returned to the way of salvation…” (SA 3)
In 2002 through the Apostolic letter, Rosarium Virginis Marie, Pope John Paul II increased the mysteries of the Holy Rosary from fifteen to twenty. The Rosary is a powerful prayer that helps us to contemplate the mysteries of Jesus and our salvation with Mary. The rosary brings to life, the mysteries of the gospel and our salvation. Through the intercession of Mary, nothing is impossible for those who have faith. The rosary is a sweet chain linking us to God. If you do not have one yet, today is a good day to pick up yours, if yours is just hanging somewhere, go for it now. Pray your rosary. It is a most powerful tool against the devil and all principalities.
In our Gospel today (Luke 11:5-13) Jesus was teaching his disciples about prayer and gives a practical example to drive home a point on prayer and persistence. A man had a guest at an awkward time, with nothing to feed him for the night, and so went to his friend’s house to knock; while the latter was already in bed. Knocking at such an hour is a disturbance to the man, but Jesus says that, “Though he will not get up and give him anything because he is a friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs.” We sometimes get tired of praying when it should be the other way round. Why are you tired when God is not tired of listening to you or answering your needs? Even when he delays to answer, it is for a purpose. Pray till something happens, till you get an answer. Jesus then told the disciples, “Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened for you.” This lesson from Jesus is a single command. One should not ask and just go to sleep. The one who ‘asks’ must make the right effort which amounts to ‘seeking’ and he needs to follow up, by taking advantage of the opportunities available which amounts to ‘knocking.’ The person who is praying for a job cannot post his application letter and then go to sleep.
Let us pray: “O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love which unites us to the angels, tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell, safe port in our universal shipwreck, we will never abandon you. You will be our comfort in the hour of death: yours our final kiss as life ebbs away. And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompei, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. May you be everywhere blessed, today and always, on earth and in heaven.” Amen (RVM).