August 02, 2002

of the Rosary
Some interesting posts on the Rosary going around on Disputations, Steven Riddle's & GoodForm among others. I have something of a scattershot approach with prayer, hoping the variety gives me maxim receptivity to what God wants to say. I consider the rosary a wonderful tool in the prayer toolbag even though often my concentration is terrible with it. There is great consolation in the asking Mary to pray for us at the time of our death and of its imminence in the grand scheme. It's also good to review the human events in the family life of Jesus & Mary, as all families remember their history and we are a part of that family.

The Joyful mysteries teach me that beneath the surface of the seemingly banal - a Jewish girl saying her prayers, a visit to her cousin, a baby born and presented - lay spectacularly universe-altering events. It serves to remind one that our lives, at times banal, are never really so.

Insights are infrequent, but they come. I always considered the Resurrection the greatest of the mysteries but then it occurred to me that it was the Crowning with thorns. For which is greater - power exercised or power restrained? ('Schindler's List' has a great pardon scene that illustrates this). That God would approve of Jesus' submission to the baptism of John, how much greater must be the Father's approbation when his son submitted to the crowning of thorns? In Japanese culture one would rather die than be humiliated, and so there is a sense in which this humiliation was greater even than His death.

The rosary also forces me to think about HIM instead of the petitionary prayer that seems to be the 'default' prayer of life and even the reading of Scripture can be about us, in the sense of reading it historically or apologetically or ....i.e. not spiritually.

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