The Rosary,” wrote Blessed Pope John Paul II, “precisely because it starts with Mary’sown experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning.”
Pope Paul VI wrote that “without [this contemplation,] the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation is in danger of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas and of going counter to the warning of Christ: ‘And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words’ (Mt 6:7).’”
Because of this, it is vital that Christians familiarize themselves with the Scriptures in order to meditate on the mysteries of the life of Christ.
Below is the second glorious mystery. To see other mysteries, click here.
The Ascension (Mk 16:19)
After his resurrection, Jesus remained on earth for forty days (Acts 1:3). After commanding his disciples to “go…and make disciples of all nations,” (Mt 28:19) he ascended into heaven, taking his seat at the right hand of the Father.
When Jesus walked the earth, he declared, “when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself” (Jn 12:32). The Catechism explains that, “[t]he lifting up of Jesus on the cross signifies and announces his lifting up by his Ascension into heaven, and indeed begins it. Jesus Christ, the one priest of the new and eternal Covenant, ‘entered, not into a sanctuary made by human hands. . . but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.’” (CCC 662; Heb 9:24).
In doing this Jesus fulfills the prophet Daniel’s vision, “to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed” (Dan 7:14).
The mystery of the ascension of our Lord reminds and encourages us to rely on the peace which Christ offers us. Shortly before his ascension our Lord tells us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (Jn 14:27).
Here Jesus warns us that the peace the world offers does not satisfy. We need to remain detached, therefore, from earthly possessions which do not ultimately satisfy.
We were made for Heaven and our Lord and Savior has told us, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (Jn 14:2-3).