I prayed the Rosary more as a non-catholic than as a Catholic.
As a non-catholic, I became fascinated by the rosary. I thought I could never recite 150 plus prayers. I also wondered how it was possible to memorize and recite at the same time.
Yet I decided to try.
Over time I really got into the mysteries. The Joyful and sorrowful stood out to me.
In the sorrowful mysteries, I felt that Christ understood my pain. As I meditated on Christ’s last days, I realized that Christ’s suffering was beyond anything I can comprehend. Yet not only did he have the patience to undergo those trials, but so did his mother.
Christ falls three times
When I imagine this scene, I imagine it from the perspective of Mary, Jesus’ mother.
I am not a mother.
Yet I have been an ill child in and out of hospitals. I have watched my mother, how she fought and cared for me. I can’t imagine what it’s like to not be able to do anything but watch.
Yet as Jesus falls, all Mary can do is watch in horror. What patience and faith Mary must have had to endure seeing her child in agony.
Thus the sorrowful mysteries help me be more patient when I face trials and I am in pain.
Finding Jesus in the Temple
I am a Catholic convert.
Thus, when I imagine Mary and Joseph looking for Jesus, I put it in the context of my own life.
I imagine Mary and Joseph looking everywhere for Jesus. They visit family members. They consult their friends. Finally, they go back. Into the temple, they enter to find Jesus. He wasn’t with family or friends, but he was found in the Fathers house.’
So many times I’ve looked for truth in other people’s opinions. Yet I couldn’t truly find truth or Jesus until I came back to the Church. Just like he was with Mary and Joseph in the temple, he is present in the tabernacle for us. If we want Jesus to speak to us, we need to go back to church, in front of the tabernacle, and listen to him teach us.
The mysteries speak to us. They speak to me. Only if I take my time and intentionally pray them.