The Luminous Mysteries

The Baptism in the Jordan

"Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him…And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.'" (1)

At the start of His ministry,
For us, He was baptized by John:
Submitting with humility;
While over Him, the Spirit shone.

The Wedding At Cana

"When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine.' (And) Jesus said to her, 'Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.' His mother said to the servers, 'Do whatever he tells you.'…the water that had become wine…Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began
to believe in him." (2)

You interceded in their need:
You showed the servants to your Son,
To follow Him with careful heed --
By faith, this miracle was done.

The Proclamation of the Kingdom

"And when the men had come to him, they said, 'John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?'…And he answered them, 'Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.'" (3)

Far greater than raising the dead
Good news is proclaimed to the poor
The poor heart hears what has been said:
His mercy saves! Our hope is sure!

The Transfiguration

"After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him." (4)

His glory shone in human form:
The law and prophets are fulfilled
In Him who will cleanse and transform
Us to Himself as He has willed.

The Institution of the Eucharist

"And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' And likewise the cup after supper, saying, 'This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.'" (5)

The Bread of Life and Blood offered
For love, condemned without a crime,
The Lamb of God, who has suffered,
Remains with us throughout all time.


1. John 3:13, 16-17
2. John 2: 3-5,9a,11
3. Luke 7:20,22
4. Matthew 17:1-3
5. Luke 22:19-20

(c) Paul Buis, 2002