The rosary starts as all life starts. With a promise. The promise of hope, the promise of love, the promise of joy.
When we think of joy we think of happiness. What is happier than a little baby? And not just any baby, but a saviour that had been spoken of since the time of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (And I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. Gen. 3:15) This little baby would forever change the way people could relate to God.
These, however were not happy times. There was occupation by an enemy, there was oppression, but still there was joy.
Mary stepped out in faith and believed all that had been told her by the angel. She said yes to God and she said yes to His promise. And through her we received God’s promise, his son Jesus Christ. Mary’s life wasn’t easy, but she believed God would provide. And He did.
This is a witness to us in our lives. Our lives aren’t always easy. It is easy to be oppressed in difficult times. We need to cling to God’s promises and to believe He will provide. We need to cling to joy and remember that joy as we pray the rosary.
We can have joy and happiness by letting go and letting God.
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