3. The Luminous Mysteries
The prophet Isaiah revealed that God will send a servant. Isaiah says, “It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)
During the Presentation in the Temple, the prophet Simeon acknowledges that Jesus is this servant when he says: “my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles...” (Luke 2:30-32)
IN THIS SESSION we comprehend that Jesus reveals he is this light through public miracles, actions, and teachings. We recognize that he did not come to assemble just the tribes of Jacob (whom God renamed “Israel”) into a kingdom, but all nations in what is the “Kingdom of God.”
We will discover why Jesus allowed himself to be baptized even if he had no sins to repent for. We will explore the Miracle at Cana, and how Mary is perceived as the New Eve. We will understand the “Kingdom of God” as Jesus taught it through the apostles – which they didn't comprehend right away. We will see how the Transfiguration is similar to the Baptism in the Jordan, as well us discover what Jesus, Moses and Elijah were talking about. We will also take a long close look at the Last Supper and how covenants in the Old Testament (which incidentally means “old covenant”) is replaced by this “new and everlasting covenant” as Jesus declares himself being the sacrifice when he infers that his body and his blood are separated – just as when the blood is separated from the body of animal sacrifices.