by Victor Hoagland, C.P.
The Nativity

Learn about the Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries begin with the angel Gabriel saying to Mary that she is going to be the mother of Jesus.

Mary then visits her cousin Elizabeth to tell her how happy she is that she is going to have a baby. That's the Second Joyful Mystery.

The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem -- everybody knows that story -- is the Third Joyful Mystery.

The Fourth Joyful Mystery tells us that Mary and Joseph brought their little baby to the Temple, to offer him to God.

The Fifth Joyful Mystery is about something that happened to Jesus when he was a little boy. He got lost on a trip he took with his parents to Jerusalem. But they found him and were happy to bring him home.

In these joyful stories, God tells us to be glad for all the good things we have in life. How good God is to let us to born! We thank God for the love our parents give us. Besides them, what about our cousins, our uncles and aunts, our grandparents and all the friends we have? Just as Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple, our parents brought us to church so that we could be baptized and know about God. Even the story of Jesus getting lost and found sometimes happens to us. Haven't you been lost, and they found you?

The Joyful Mysteries remind us to be glad.

Pray the Joyful Mysteries

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