The Luminous Mysteries are prayers. They are prayed on Thursday. It was Pope John Paul the second who introduced the Luminous Mysteries in October 2002. Five mysteries were added to the Rosary. They are the Mysteries of Light (or the Luminous Mysteries). They focus on the public ministry of Jesus Christ. Each of these mysteries shed light on an important part of Christ’s mission on earth. The Mysteries of Light(Luminous) are placed between the Joyful and Sorrowful Mysteries. The five Luminous Mysteries are: The Baptism Of The Lord; The Wedding of Cana; The Proclamation Of The Kingdom; The Transfiguration; The Institution of the Eucharist;
The Baptism Of The Lord
At the river, Jordan John the Baptist was baptizing people for conversion and the forgiveness of sins. He spoke: “After I comes one who is mightier than I…. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit (Mk 1:7-8). He proclaimed this to many people who flocked to him confessing their sins, repenting and preparing to correct their lives. This baptism Frees us from the original sin and forgives our sins, saves us from slavery to evil and is a sign of rebirth in the Holy Spirit. Baptism gives us a new life, which is taking part in the life of God. “As Jesus comes out of the water, the Holy Spirit descends upon him, the heavens open and the Father’s voice is heard from on high: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (Mk 1:11). Thus, the event of Christ’s Baptism is not only a revelation of his divine sonship, but at the same time a revelation of the whole Blessed Trinity. The Father-the voice from on high-reveals in Jesus the Only-Begotten Son consubstantial with him and all this comes about by virtue of the Holy Spirit, who, in the form of a dove descends on Christ, the Lord’s Anointed. – Pope John Paul II , Jan 1997
The spiritual fruit that we can gather from the first luminous mystery is that we should be grateful for the gift of faith.
The Wedding of Cana
There was a wedding feast at Cana. Jesus, his mother, and disciples were invited. As the celebration was ongoing, the wine was running short. Jesus’s mother Mary tells him “They have no wine.” to which he replied “What would you have me do? My hour has not yet come.” After hearing this Mary tells the waiters to whatever he tells them to do. Jesus tells the waiters to fill the empty jars with water, and then to draw some of that water and take it to the chief steward. When the chief steward drinks it’s not water, it’s wine, and he tells the groom “Every man serves the good wine first… but you have saved the good wine until now.” At the request of his mother Mary, Jesus performed his first miracle. With the presence of Jesus, Christian marriage was raised to the dignity of a Sacrament.
The spiritual fruit that we can gather from the second luminous mystery is that we should be faithful to a person, to a belief in God, the spiritual fruit is fidelity.
The Proclamation Of The Kingdom
After the arrest of John the Baptist, Jesus came to Galilee and preached the gathered people the gospel of the kingdom of God. He says to them “ The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” He tells the people that his kingdom is not of this world, that everyone must be baptized to enter the kingdom of heaven. He tells the people there that he has come to call the sinners not the just. He preached us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. He tells the people “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.” and “Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
The spiritual fruit that we can gather from the third luminous mystery is that we should desire to be holy, we should follow what God has said, and we can receive happiness.
Our Lord Jesus took his disciples Peter, John and James up to a mountain to pray. There, at the mountain they witnessed the transfiguration of our Lord Jesus. His face became dazzling as the sun, and his clothes became as radiant as light. This event happened to strengthen the faith of his disciples so that they could endure the impending tragedy of the Passion. Right after Jesus was Transfigured Moses and Elijah (they represent the law and the prophets of the old testament) appeared to them, talking with him. Jesus has not come to destroy the Law’s of the prophets, but he has come to fulfill them. After the Transfiguration, a voice from the clouds was heard “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him.” When Jesus and his disciples were coming down from the mountain, he told them not to speak of this event until the Son of Man rises from the dead. On the last day on earth, we too will behold the transfigured Jesus on the Last Day.
The spiritual fruit that we can gather from the fourth luminous mystery is spiritual courage. Spiritual courage will give us strength as we walk our path through this life.
The Institution of the Eucharist
At the last supper, Jesus took bread and wine. He shared it with his disciples. He tells them that the bread is his body and the wine his blood that he will shed for us, for our sins. At the eucharistic meal, Jesus celebrated the first Mass. He also instituted the sacrament of Holy Orders to perpetuate this sacrifice. Here we learn that Mass is where we offer ourselves to God and God to us.
In the fifth and final luminous mystery, the spiritual fruit that we can gather is that we must love our Lord Jesus and through praying we can become stronger in our faith.