During the Rosary, we contemplate the face of Christ in Mary’s company and at her school. Praying the Rosary is nothing but contemplating the face of Jesus together with Mary, to start all over again from Him at any moment in our life.
In the Rosary, we “learn Christ” from Maria. What does it mean? “It is not merely about learnig the things He taught us – says John Paul II – but about ‘learning Him’. Can one have a more experienced teacher than Mary in this endeavor? Whereas the Spirit is the inner teacher on a divine level, on a human level, the one who leads us towards Christ’s full truth is Mary and no one, among human beings knows Christ better than she does. No one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of His mystery like His own Mother”. This is the main reason why Mary is the short way to Jesus.
In the Rosary, meditating on the twenty “mysteries” (real events that are unveiled gradually, to the extent that we love), we enter the knowledge of the life of Jesus, Who is alive today as He was yesterday, as He will always will be, because Christ was risen and He dies no more.
In the Rosary, we go to “Mary’s school to read Christ, to penetrate His secrets and understand His message”. Jesus says: “Whoever follows me will have the light of life.” That is to say, (s)he will have the light that comes from Jesus’ life, and his life will be full of light.
While contemplating Jesus in His mysteries of joy, light, sorrow, glory, together with and at Mary’s school, occurs a kind of spiritual osmosis, which has repercussions on our body. Osmosis means to “push” toward Jesus. In this process, we shed the sins we carry inside, and we absorb Christ’s life. As it happens to a lupine immersed in salt water, which loses its bitter taste and absorbs the good taste of the salt.
And as we contemplate Jesus in faith and love, we open ourselves to the grace Christ obtained for us through the mysteries of his life, death and resurrection.
Taken from “Mary’s ‘Yes’”, ed. Always