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The Mysteries of Light

The Mysteries of Light

“Father, may they be one in us, 

as you are in me and I am in you, 

so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.

I have given them the glory you gave to me, 

that they may be one as we are one.

I have made your name known to them

and will continue to make it known, 

so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, 

and so that I may be in them.”

John 17:21-22 & 26

God wants, more than anything else, to share his divine life with us.  But ‘to share’ does not simply mean here ‘to lend’ or ‘use in turn’.  God desires that we become one with him, drawn up into the Trinity.  The Catechism explains:

‘The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”: “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.” (CCC460)

For us to be drawn into the life of the Trinity, we need to know God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  But since ‘no-one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him’ (Mt 11:27), we must make full use of those moments of revelation.

The Mysteries of Light provide five such moments as we are invited to meditate upon five episodes from Jesus’ public ministry.  As we pray them, as we listen in prayer, we hear God the Father’s proclamation: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him‘.  At the Transfiguration, God the Father reaffirms ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One‘.  But it is not enough simply to know who Jesus is.  God the Father commands the disciples on Mount Tabor to ‘listen to Him.’  We listen and we hear Jesus call, ‘Repent and believe the Good News’.  We repent and are reconciled, but still this is not enough: Jesus wants us closer still.  At the Last Supper, Jesus gives us the gift of himself in the Eucharist, ‘Take, eat; this is my body’.  Here, we come as close as we can in this mortal life to Jesus’ desire, ‘that the love with which you loved me may be in them and so that I may be in them’.

And so the Mysteries of Light reveal not only the person of Jesus but also the pattern of discipleship: we listen, we repent, we believe, we receive, we love… then in our loving, like the good stewards at Cana, we obey Mary’s teaching: ‘Do whatever he tells you.’  



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