ear Jesus, you are the innocent one, true God and
true Man. St. Paul said “For our sakes God made him
who did not know sin, to be sin, so that in him we might
become the very holiness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus,
you took all the sins of the world upon yourself, every
sin that ever had or would be committed. That day you
subjected yourself to the baptism of repentance of John
the Baptizer, you took every one of my personal sins
upon yourself as well.

ou would do penance, you would make reparation,
you would satisfy to God, your Father and our Father,
for the Justice He required to balance the relationship
destroyed by sin between mankind and God, between
each one of us and God.

esus Christ, you had no need of baptism, and the
baptism of John in the Jordan did not take away sin in
itself. It was not the sacrament of Baptism. But it did
prepare people in heart and spirit for faith and dis-
positions of heart to be sorry and have faith in you Lord
Jesus, so as to have sins forgiven by you in the Sacra-
ments of your Church.

hen John the Baptizer made his appearance as a
preacher in the desert of Judea, this was his theme:
Reform you lives! The reign of God is at hand. . . . At that
time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around
the Jordan were going out to him. They were being
baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed
their sins. When he saw that many of the Pharisees and
Sadducees were stepping forward for this bath, he said to
them: ‘You brood of vipers! Who told you to flee from
the wrath to come? Give some evidence that you mean
to reform.. . I” (Matt. 3:l-8).

ord Jesus, when I approach your merciful and
forgiving power in the Sacrament of Confession, I must
confess my sins with genuine sorrow in my heart. 1 must
have the desire to reform any sinful ways I have to he
forgiven and then be worthy to receive you in Holy

esus, by living a life of holiness I must bear fruit
unto eternal life and witness Jesus to others so that they
come to you for forgiveness so as to be open to divine
love and be living children of God. St. John the Baptizer
said: “I baptize you in water for the sake of reform, but
the one who will follow me is more powerful than I. I am
not even fit to carry his sandals. He it is who will baptize
you in the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matt. 4:11-12).

esus, I can only try to imagine the humility of John
when all those people were coming forth for his baptism
which foreshadowed your baptism with the real power
you have in order to take away all stain of sin-and
suddenly-there you stand before John to be baptized.
You are the sinless one, the eternal Son of God become
Man, who will redeem all mankind of all sin. You stand
before John at the River Jordan to be baptized. John tried
to refuse you with the protest, “I should be baptized by
you, yet you come to me.” Lord Jesus, you answered:
“Give in for now. We must do this if we would fulfill all
of God’s demands.” So John gave in.

esus, after you were baptized, you came directly
out of the water. Suddenly the sky opened and there
was seen the Spirit of God descend like a dove and
hover over you. With that, a voice from the heavens
said, “This is my beloved Son. My favor rests on him”
(Matt. 3:13-17).

esus, the Spirit descended to invest you with the
mission which you were to carry out. You must teach
and show the way to salvation. You must end your
earthly life by a painful and bloody death on the Cross.
Your baptism in the Jordan was a sign that you would
take all sins upon yourself. You would suffer for all
people. Your penance in life, above all your sacrifice in
death, would through your holy Cross redeem the world.

f the baptism of John was a symbol of willingness to
be sorry for sin and accept the Savior who was at hand,
in the very midst of the people, the Sacrament of holy
Baptism in your Church, 0 Lord, would have the power
to wash away Original Sin inherited from our first
parents. Sacramental Baptism imprints the character of
Jesus upon the soul for eternity. Baptism incorporates
,each one into the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, giving
sanctifying grace, and makes each one a new creation, a
living child of God.

rayer at end of decade: Lord Jesus, give me light to
know and do the mission in my life to which God the
Father has called me to live in holiness-so that the
Father may say of me: “I am well pleased."

esus, you sanctified the vocation of marriage at the
wedding feast of Cana. It was your call for families to be
holy. You were present at the marriage of a beautiful
couple as you should be part, the most important part,
of every marriage. You chose a wedding, Lord Jesus, to
perform your very first public miracle so that people
could have faith in who you are. That way they would
know that family life is meant to be holy. It is holy when
you are invited. Marriage and family life is holy when
you are welcome in the home.

here was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the
mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had
likewise been invited to the celebration. At a certain point
the wine ran out, and Jesus’ mother told him, ‘They have
no more wine.’ Jesus replied, ‘Woman, how does this
concern of yours involve me? My hour has not yet come"
(John 2:l-4).

otice how Jesus calls his loving Mother “Woman.” This was not disrespectful, but a most respectful title in those times and for the Jewish culture. Mary as “Woman” reminds us of “a woman clothed with the sun” (Rev. 12, 1-5). “Woman” also re minds us what God spoke of Eve in Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your off spring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” Mary is the Woman who in saying “Yes” to God to be the Mother of the Messiah, thus becomes the Mother of the Redeemer promised at the dawn of cre ation. Jesus will crush the head of the serpent because Mary agreed to become the Mother of the incarnate “Son of the Most High (Luke 1:32).

edding celebrations could last three days at that
time. The servers had run out of wine, an important part
of the banquet meal. It was Mary who intervened to ask
Jesus to perform a miracle to save the wedding couple
from embarrassment.

esus replied to Mary, who in compassion was
concerned for the happiness and well-being of the bride
and groom: “Woman, how does this concern of yours
involve me?” Jesus knows well that Mary, His Mother, is
thus to be the Mother of the Church of which Jesus will
be the head. Their two hearts beat as one. They are
inseparable in love and inseparable in the plan of

ary’s concern does in fact involve Jesus. It is
through Mary’s intervention that Jesus will work the
miracle, not only to bring “his disciples to believe in
him” but that the Holy Eucharist might be prefigured.
Mary’s cooperation was required for the Incarnation.
“The Word was made flesh” at Mary’s fiat, “Be it done to
me according to your word.”

he apostles who come to faith in Jesus as they
witness Jesus change water into the best of wines,
are being prepared to have faith that Jesus can and
will change wine into His own precious Blood. The apostles and we ourselves can see Mary in the role as Mediatrix of Grace as Jesus is the one essential Mediator. The Woman of faith is instrumental in the miracle at a marriage which brings the apostles to faith.

ary was the first disciple of Jesus Christ, the first among believers. “Blessed is she who has believed...”
(Luke 1:45).

rayer at the end of decade: Lord Jesus, open my heart that I may always have faith in you as Lord, God and Savior, and influence others to the same faith. May Mary be my model in leading me and others to faith in her divine Incarnate Son. May families become holy by inviting Jesus into their homes.

n this mystery of light we see the preaching by
which Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of
God, and calls for conversion. “This is the time of
fulfillment. The reign of God is at hand! Reform your
lives and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).

esus wants all to know that he came for the
forgiveness of sin, and so that “we may have life and have
it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Jesus, the Man-God,
has the power to forgive sin and will die on the Cross
whereby we are saved through the shedding of his
precious blood which washes our sins away.

hen Jesus saw the faith of the paralyzed man and
the four who carried him and let him down before Jesus
by an opening in the roof “over the spot where Jesus
was”-where “they had made a hole,” Jesus said to the
paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” When
some of the scribes murmured, “‘Who can forgive sins
except God alone?’ Jesus was immediately aware of their
reasoning, though they kept it to themselves, and he said
to them: ‘Why do you harbor these thoughts? Which is
easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven, or
to say,‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk again’? That
you may know that the Son of Man has authority on
earth to forgive sins, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘I
command you: Stand up! Pick up your mat and go
home.’ The man stood and picked up his mat and went
outside in the sight of everyone. They were awestruck; all
gave praise to God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything
like this!”’ (Mark2:2-13).

ow fortunate we are to live in the time after Jesus
has announced his kingdom for the forgiveness of sin
and the bringing of divine life to our souls. Jesus still
announces it through his Church. The Church is the
Mystical Body of Christ, and the very Person of Jesus
forgives sins today through the Sacrament of Recon-
ciliation (Confession) just as Jesus did when he pro-
claimed the Kingdom. Jesus forgave the penitent
woman, publicly known as a sinner, when she washed
Jesus’ feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair,
saying “I tell you, that is why her many sins are
forgiven-because of her great love. Little is forgiven
the one whose love is small. He said to her then, ‘Your
sins are forgiven. . .” (Luke 7:37-48).

esus gave his Church, through his ordained priests,
the power to forgive sin in every age. After Jesus
redeemed the world by his death on the holy Cross, he
rose, appeared to the Apostles, the first bishops and
priests of the Church. The first thing Jesus does is say to
the Apostles twice, “Peace be with you.” Then Jesus said
“As the Father has sent me, so I send you: Then he
breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If
you forgive men’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold
them bound, they are held bound” (John 20: 19-23).

rayers of the decade: Lord Jesus, enlighten me to
know always in faith that by living in union with you, the
Kingdom of God is within me. May I lead others to your
Kingdom so as to know your merciful love and
forgiveness as I do through the Sacraments. Thank you
for your divine mercy. Jesus, I trust in you.

ord Jesus, as the time drew near for you to die on
the cross for us, you took Peter, John and James, high up
onto Mount Tabor. This unusual mountain suddenly
rises high amidst the plains in the Holy Land. There you
were transformed in appearance before them. Some of
your divine glory shone through your human body. As
you appeared in glory to Peter, John and James, your face
changed in appearance, shining like the sun. Your
fallen snow glistening under the sun.

he Evangelist (Luke 9:28-36) tells us about this
your mystery of light par excellence: “Suddenly two men
were talking with him-Moses and Elijah. They ap-
peared in glory and spoke of his passage, which he was
about to fulfill in Jerusalem. Peter and those with him
had fallen into a deep sleep; but awakening, they saw his
glory and likewise saw the two men who were talking
with him.”

esus, in the Transfiguration, you wanted these
special apostles to be prepared to experience the agony
of the Passion, so as to come with you to the joy of the I
Resurrection and a life transfigured by the Holy Spirit.
You permitted them to witness all this so they could
witness to us and to people of every age.

ord Jesus, when you will come to die in crucifixion,
John will remain with your Mother Mary beneath the
Cross. The grace of the Transfiguration will sustain him
in faith. John will be rewarded to have Mary live in his
home thereafter and represent us all in being given Mary
as our spiritual mother.

f I am faithful to you, Jesus, believing that you are
my Lord, God and Savior, and that you now live in the
glory of heaven, one day I too will share your glory as
Moses and Elijah who appeared in glory with you at
your Transfiguration.

n this luminous mystery with my inner heart, I can
see by image formed in my mind’s eye something of the
glory of the Godhead as it shines forth from the face of ,
Jesus Christ. I can hear in my heart the Father command
the astonished apostles, and all of us yet today: “Listen
to him” (Luke 9:35).

eter said to Jesus, ‘Master, how good it is for us to
be here. Let us set up three booths, one for you, one for
Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not really know what
he was saying. While he was speaking, a cloud came and
overshadowed them, and the disciples grew fearful as the
others entered it. Then from the cloud came a voice
which said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen one. Listen to
him.’ When the voice fell silent, Jesus was there alone”
(Luke 9:32-36).

ord Jesus, there are times when I catch glimpses of
your divine reality in human form. I then experience
your presence. May I sense something of your real
glorified presence in the Holy Eucharist when I come
before the Tabernacle of my parish church.

rayer at end of decade: Lord Jesus, may I so live as to one day share in your glory in heaven, prefigured at your Transfiguration. I offer this Rosary for all families to
come to living faith on earth so as one day to live in your
glory in heaven.

n this mystery of light, Lord Jesus, I see
changing bread and wine into your body and blood.
give both to the apostles and us as food under the signs
of bread and wine. You are testifying to the very end of
your life the love you have for humanity, as you institute
the Holy Eucharist. “Do this as a remembrance of me”
(Luke 22:19) you command. It will perpetuate your
sacrificial death, and give us yourself to eat and drink,
until the end of time.

hen it grew dark he reclined at table with the
Twelve. In the course of the meal he said, ‘I assure you,
one of you is about to betray me.’...The Son of Man is
departing, as Scripture says of him, but woe to that man
by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. Better for him if he
had never been born.'...

uring the meal Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke
it, and gave it to his disciples. ‘Take this and eat it,’ he
said, ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, gave thanks,
and gave it to them. ‘All of you must drink from it,’ he
said, ‘for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, to
be poured out in behalf of many for the forgiveness of
sins.’ I tell you, I will not drink this fruit of the vine from
now until the day when I drink it new with you in my
Father's reign. THen, after singing songs of praise, they
walked out to the Mount of Olives” (Matt. 26:20-30).

he Apostle John wrote his gospel in the last years of
his life at Ephesus. As Jesus was dying on the Cross he
gave to John His Blessed Mother to live with him.
Therefore our Blessed Mother could often be present
when John offered the Holy Eucharist. John’s Gospel
does not repeat the details on the institution of the Holy
Eucharist like Matthew, Mark and Luke did. Writing
later John adds details concerning the Holy Eucharist
which they did not tell.

n John 6 he tells in great detail about the multi-
plication of the loaves of bread when the Jewish feast of
Passover was near. In that long discourse he tells how the
loaves prepare for faith in the Eucharistic Body and
Blood of Jesus Christ. Millions through the centuries
will eat the Body and drink the Blood of Jesus without
diminishing the reality of Jesus’ Body and Blood for
millions more to receive so they may attain eternal life.
“Let me solemnly assure you, if you do not eat the flesh
of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life
in you” (John 6:52).

ohn 6 tells us that Jesus repeated again and again
that He is actually going to give us His living Body to eat
and His living Blood to drink. As the crowd murmurs
and begins to walk away Jesus takes nothing back of
what he had taught. He meant what he said. As the
perfect teacher, if Jesus meant only to be taken
symbolically, he would have called those thousands of
people back and explained that he meant only to be
taken symbolically. He did not because he meant it. “For
my flesh is real food and my blood real drink. The man
who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in
me, and I in him....” (John 6:55-56).

ssuming his readers know the details of the
institution of the Holy Eucharist as written by Sts.
Matthew, Mark and Luke, St. John tells us also some-
thing more unique about the Last Supper when Jesus
instituted the Holy Eucharist: “Before the feast of Pass-
over, Jesus realized that the hour had come for him to
pass from this world to the Father. He had loved his own
in this world, and would show his love for them to the
end” (John 13:l). “ . . . Then he poured water into a
basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet and dry them
with the towel he had around him. Thus he came to
Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to
wash my feet?’ Jesus answered ‘You may not realize now
what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter
replied, ‘You shall never wash my feet!”If I do not wash
you,’ Jesus answered, ‘you will have no share in my
heritage.’ ‘Lord,’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘then not only
my feet, but my hands and head as well.’ Jesus told him,
‘The man who has bathed has no need to wash except
for his feet; he is entirely cleansed, just as you are; though
not all.’ The reason he said, ‘Not all are washed clean: was that he knew his betrayer” (John 13:5-11).

ord, may I always be clean in heart when I come to
your Eucharistic Banquet where I can eat your body and
drink your blood so that I “may have life and have it
more abundantly” (John 10:10). Each worthy Holy
Communion received with a well disposed heart will
make me grow in divine life to enter more intensely into
the joys of heaven, the glory of heaven, when I will see
with the eyes of my soul God “face to face” with greater
capacity. I shall see too the face of Jesus glorified in
heaven, reflecting the Father in the unity of the Holy

rayer at end of decade: Lord Jesus, may I always
believe that you perpetuate your Sacrifice of the Cross at
every Holy Mass with its infinite merits. May my faith
know, love and adore your Real Presence with your
body, blood, soul and divinity in the consecrated host
and consecrated wine which are transubstantiated at
Mass into yourself. May I always receive you worthily
while in the state of sanctifying grace.


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