Today I used the meditations compiled by Richard Salbato while praying the Rosaries. These meditations are very good, and derived from the Bible, Bible Commentaries, Early Church Fathers, visions of the mystics, and interpretations of the saints. Here are some very inspiring points:
- When Jesus was 12 years old, He was ready to preach and to die. But out of obedient to His Mother, He waited another 18 years. At the Wedding Feast of Cana, Our Lady indicated she was now ready for Jesus to begin His mission to preach and to die for mankind with the words: “Do whatever He tells you”.
- John the Baptist pointed out Jesus was the “Lamb of God”. The Lamb of God, according to Jewish tradition was the prophesy of Abraham, when he was taking his only son to be sacrificed in the mountains of Salem. Isaac asked his father where the lamb was for the sacrifice, and Abraham answered, “God, Himself, will supply the lamb for the sacrifice.” From that time, the Jews waited for the Lamb of God, which would be the final sacrifice and end the Jewish law of sacrifice forever. They expected a real lamb and changed the name of Salem to Jeru-salem. Jeru means “God will supply the sacrifice.”
- During the last supper (Passover meal), when it was time for the third cup, Jesus consecrated wine into His Blood. According to Jewish tradition the Passover meal could not be over until the fourth cup of wine was taken. Until then the sacrifice continued. Christ deliberately delayed the end of the meal because it would end on the cross. “I will not drink from the fruit of the vine (wine) again until I drink it with you in my kingdom.” He then left the upper room without finishing the feast. When Jesus was crucified on the cross, Abenadar put some wine on a sponge and stuck the sponge on a hyssop branch. He held the wine to Christ’s lips and He drank from it. He drank the fourth cup of wine and therefore finished the Pasch dinner.