The Third Mystery of Light,The Proclamation of the Kingdom

This third Mystery is called ‘The Proclamation of the Kingdom and the call to Conversion.' This proclamation and call is dispersed throughout the ministry of Jesus so our minds can range over the great teachings of Christ, his many miracles and encounters with people.

The church offers us two examples as starters. The first is from Mark and is a direct proclamation and call.

“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Mk1:14

The second is also from Mark, the well known miracle of the cure of the paralytic.
“He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.” And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this." Mk 2:3-12

We recall that Jesus was so impressed with the faith of his four friends who forced their way to Jesus in the crowded room through the roof, that he turned to the sick man and said, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” We remember too, how well aware he was of the effect of his words on the scribes present and their unexpressed judgement that he was blaspheming because no one but God could forgive sins. He challenged them with the question: “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’?”

We wonder what effect the miracle had on the scribes; were they converted? It certainly must have given them plenty to think about. Certainly it highlights for us the identity of Jesus he proves he is God and can forgive sins by curing the invalid. It also points to the importance of faith in Jesus and the acceptance of our need for repentance and forgiveness.
 
This Third Mystery of Light is packed with incidents, sublime teaching, unforgettable parables, spectacular miracles and dire warnings. We recall the Sermon on the Mount, culminating in the Beatitudes, the multiplication of loaves, Jesus walking on water, calming the storm. He was never exclusive. We remember his encounter with the woman at the well, the Syrophoenician woman, and the healing of the Centurion’s servant, and the raising of Jairus’ daughter.

On a more sober note we recall his tirade against the Scribes Pharisees, the seven woes; all beginning, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Matthew 23:13 

 Certainly in this Third Luminous Mystery, Jesus claims and exercises the authority of the promised Messiah and highlights for us in many different ways, his true identity: Jesus of Nazareth - true Man and true God.

Images from series 'Signs Symbols and Saints'  from Turvey Abbey: 
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