The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are five mysteries that we meditate on regarding Jesus’s early life. The Third Joyful Mystery: The birth of Jesus
Luke 2: 4-14
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Could those who looked on when Jesus was born possibly have known the significance of one baby boy? Could they know what it was He came to do for them? For us all? Sin is a reality in the world. Sin is an offense against God. Forgiveness of our sin is still not repayment for what we did. If my kids break a window, yes I can forgive them, but they still owe me a window. They can either work it off, buy it off, or give me their life for it. Forging isn’t the same as forgetting, and despite forgiveness, there is still the effect of that sin on us.
There is nothing we can do that can repay our sins to God. We can’t buy off God, if we could He wouldn’t be God. No amount of anything I do will repay God for the offense I have committed against Him. We can’t work our way to heaven. An offense against God requires a very large sacrifice. That kind of sacrifice can only be made in the blood of a human. But not just any human. A divine human. This is why we need Jesus. Jesus has repaid the sacrifice of our sins to the Father so that we can be forgiven. Only the blood of God can satisfy God. Jesus paid the price we could not pay on something he did not owe for us.
Who amongst us would look for God in a little boy? Who amongst us would look for God in the weakest and most innocent of humans? Do we look for God in anyone in our lives?
Prayer: Oh my Jesus, help me to see and recognize you in other people in my life. Help me Lord to share your message to all of those around me that need it these days. Thank you Lord for saving me from my sins. Thank you for bearing those sins on the Cross. Amen.