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Thursday, October 18, 2012

They spoke of His exodus

One of the subtler symbolisms involved in praying the Rosary with beads is that each bead, each prayer, each mystery brings you closer to the cross at the end. (The cross is also at the beginning, of course, which is maybe even subtler.)

I was thinking this morning how quickly the Luminous Mysteries move from the glory on the mountaintop at the Transfiguration to the self-sacrifice of the Institution of the Eucharist a few hours before Jesus' crucifixion.

Then I remembered that, even as Jesus' "face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white," and "two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory," they "spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem."

Even during His most glorious, divine, and luminous moment before His resurrection, Jesus was looking toward the desolation of the Cross.

We can work backwards through the Luminous Mysteries, and see how the Proclamation of the Kingdom to Sinners can only be realized through Jesus' sacrificial death; how the Miracle at Cana prefigures the joy obtained through the Blood of the Cross. And of course Baptism itself is a baptism into Christ Jesus's death. Which brings us to the cross at the beginning of the Rosary.