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THE CHALLENGING MYSTERIES


[Readings for these Mysteries from the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible on-line]




1. Jesus Proclaims Himself the Messiah (The reality of His manifestation)
2.
Jesus forgives sins and ministers to tax collectors and sinners (He came for all of us)
3.
Jesus proclaims that we must "...eat His flesh, and drink His blood..." to have life (the ultimate gift)
4.
Jesus warns that only those who do the Fathers' will can enter His Kingdom (defining the Elect)
5.
Jesus proclaims Himself the Son of God before Caiaphas (could not be any clearer)


Jesus Proclaims Himself the Messiah


He Challenges us to believe in Him fully
(Our Father...)

And he came to Nazareth, where he was brought up: and he went into the synagogue, according to his custom, on the sabbath day; and he rose up to read. And the book of  Isaias the prophet was delivered unto him. Luke 4: 16-17
(Hail Mary...)

And as he unfolded the book, he found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart,  To preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward.  Luke 4: 18-19
(Hail Mary...)

And when he had folded the book, he restored it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Luke 4:20
(Hail Mary...)

And he began to say to them: This day is fulfilled this scripture in your ears.  Luke 4: 21
(Hail Mary...)

And all gave testimony to him: and they wondered at the words of grace that proceeded from his mouth, and they said: Is not this the son of Joseph? Luke 4: 22
(Hail Mary...)

And he said to them: Doubtless you will say to me this similitude: Physician, heal thyself: as great things as we have heard done in Capharnaum, do also here in thy own country. Luke 4: 23
(Hail Mary...)

And he said: Amen I say to you, that no prophet is accepted in his own country.  In truth I say to you, there were many widows in the days of Elias in Israel, when heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there was a great famine throughout all the earth. And to none of them was Elias sent, but to Sarepta of Sidon, to a widow woman. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet: and none of them was cleansed but Naaman the Syrian.  Luke 4: 24-27
(Hail Mary...)

And all they in the synagogue, hearing these things, were filled with anger.  And they rose up and thrust him out of the city; and they brought him to the brow of the hill, whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.  Luke 4:28-29
(Hail Mary...)

But he passing through the midst of them, went his way. Luke 4:30
(Hail Mary...)

And he went down into Capharnaum, a city of Galilee, and there he taught them on the sabbath days.  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his speech was with power. Luke 4:31-32
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)

 
 

Jesus forgives sins and ministers to tax collectors and sinners


Jesus challenges us to refrain from judgment
(Our Father...)

And again he entered into Capharnaum after some days.  And it was heard that he was in the house, and many came together, so that there was no room; no, not even at the door; and he spoke to them the word. And they came to him, bringing one sick of the palsy, who was carried by four. And when they could not offer him unto him for the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was; and opening it, they let down the bed wherein the man sick of the palsy lay.  Mark 2: 1-4
(Hail Mary...)

And when Jesus had seen their faith, he saith to the sick of the palsy: Son, thy sins are forgiven thee. Mark 2:  15
(Hail Mary...)

And there were some of the scribes sitting there, and thinking in their hearts: Why doth this man speak thus? he blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins, but God only?  Mark 2:  6-7
(Hail Mary...)

Which Jesus presently knowing in his spirit, that they so thought within themselves, saith to them: Why think you these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy: Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say: Arise, take up thy bed, and walk?  But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)  I say to thee: Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house.  Mark 2: 8-11
(Hail Mary...)

And immediately he arose; and taking up his bed, went his way in the sight of all; so that all wondered and glorified God, saying: We never saw the like. Mark 2:  12
(Hail Mary...)

And he went forth again to the sea side; and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them. Mark 2: 13
(Hail Mary...)

And when he was passing by, he saw Levi the son of Alpheus sitting at the receipt of custom; and he saith to him: Follow me. And rising up, he followed him. Mark 2: 14
(Hail Mary...)

And it came to pass, that as he sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat down together with Jesus and his disciples. For they were many, who also followed him. Mark 2: 15
(Hail Mary...)

And the scribes and the Pharisees, seeing that he ate with publicans and sinners, said to his disciples: Why doth your master eat and drink with publicans and sinners? Mark 2: 16
(Hail Mary)

Jesus hearing this, saith to them: They that are well have no need of a physician, but they that are sick. For I came not to call the just, but sinners. Mark 2: 17
(Hail Mary)

(Glory Be...)


Jesus proclaims that we must "...eat His flesh, and drink His blood..." to have life

  


Jesus challenges us to believe in the reality of transsubstantiation
(Our Father..)

Amen, amen I say unto you: He that believeth in me, hath everlasting life. I am the bread of life.  John 6: 47-48

        (Hail Mary...)

Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven; that if any man eat of it, he may not die. John 6: 49-50
(Hail Mary...)

I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world.  John 6: 51-52
(Hail Mary...)

The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.  John 6: 53-55
(Hail Mary...)

For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me.  John 6: 56-58
(Hail Mary...)

This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever. These things he said, teaching in the synagogue, in Capharnaum. John 6: 59-60
(Hail Mary...)

Many therefore of his disciples, hearing it, said: This saying is hard, and who can hear it? But Jesus, knowing in himself, that his disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you? If then you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?  John 6: 61-63
(Hail Mary...)

It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning, who they were that did not believe, and who he was, that would betray him. John 6: 64-65
(Hail Mary...)

And he said: Therefore did I say to you, that no man can come to me, unless it be given him by my Father. After this many of his disciples went back; and walked no more with him.  John 6: 66-67
(Hail Mary...)

Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away? And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we have believed and have known, that thou art the Christ, the Son of God. John 6: 68-70
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)



Jesus warns that only those who do the Fathers' will can enter His Kingdom


Jesus remind us that it's not enough to say the right words.
(Our Father...)

Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.  Matthew 7: 13
(Hail Mary...)

How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! Matthew 7: 14
(Hail Mary...)

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7: 15
(Hail Mary...)

By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Matthew 7: 16
(Hail Mary...)

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.  Matthew 7: 17-18
(Hail Mary...)

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. Matthew 7: 19-20
(Hail Mary...)

Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 7: 21
(Hail Mary...)

Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.  Matthew 7: 22-23
(Hail Mary...)

Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock. Matthew 7: 24
(Hail Mary...)

And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock. Matthew 7: 25
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


Jesus proclaims Himself the Son of God


You shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming with the clouds of heaven.
(Our Father...)

And they brought Jesus to the high priest; and all the priests and the scribes and the ancients assembled together. And Peter followed him from afar off, even into the court of the high priest; and he sat with the servants at the fire, and warmed himself. Mark 14: 53-54
(Hail Mary...)

And the chief priests and all the council sought for evidence against Jesus, that they might put him to death, and found none. Mark 14: 55
(Hail Mary...)

For many bore false witness against him, and their evidences were not agreeing. Mark 14: 56
(Hail Mary...)

And some rising up, bore false witness against him, saying: [58] We heard him say, I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another not made with hands. Mark 14: 57-58
(Hail Mary...)

And their witness did not agree. Mark 14: 59
(Hail Mary...)

And the high priest rising up in the midst, asked Jesus, saying: Answerest thou nothing to the things that are laid to thy charge by these men? Mark 14: 60
(Hail Mary...)

But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said to him: Art thou the Christ the Son of the blessed God?  Mark 14: 61
(Hail Mary...)

And Jesus said to him: I am. And you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming with the clouds of heaven.  Mark 14: 62
(Hail Mary...)

Then the high priest rending his garments, saith: What need we any further witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy. What think you? Who all condemned him to be guilty of death.  Mark 14: 63-64
(Hail Mary...)

And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him: Prophesy: and the servants struck him with the palms of their hands. Mark 14: 65
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)

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Published on May 8th, 2012 -
Feast of Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces

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