Philippines

Mysteries of Light

  1. The Baptism of Jesus (Matt 3:1-17)

John the Baptist preached at the Jordan River, where large crowds came and were baptized.  One day, Jesus came and was baptized by John.

At that moment, the clouds opened up.  The Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, came upon Jesus and God the Father said, “This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”.  The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert where he was tempted for forty days.

  1. The Wedding Feast of Cana (John 2:1-12)

Mary, Jesus, and Jesus’ disciples were invited to a wedding at Cana, in Galilee.  However, a problem arose.  They had no more wine.  Mary told Jesus about the lack of wine and, then instructed the waiters, “Do whatever he tells you.”  Jesus had them fill six large jars with water and take it to the headwaiter.  After tasting the miraculous wine, the headwaiter wondered why the groom had kept the best wine until last. This miracle was Jesus’ first sign and his disciples began to believe in him.

  1. Jesus Preaches and Heals (Mark 1:35-39)

Jesus gathered his twelve apostles and his disciples (men and women) and visited all the towns of Galilee.

He told everyone to believe in God because the Kingdom of Heaven was coming soon.  To prove that the Kingdom was at hand, Jesus healed many people and even raised some from the dead.  He drove out demons and told them to be quiet.

The crowds grew larger and the disciples believed more and more.

  1. The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8)

One day, Jesus took his three favorite apostles (Peter, James and John) up a high mountain.  When they were alone, Jesus clothes became extremely white and his whole body was transfigured and his face shone like the sun.

When Moses and Elijah began speaking to Jesus, Peter wanted to build three tents, one for each of them.   A cloud came and God the Father said, “This is my Beloved Son, listen to him.”  Jesus told the three apostles not to tell the vision to anyone until he rose from the dead.

  1. The Last Supper (Matthew 26:26-30)

On the night before He died, Jesus gathered his apostles in Jerusalem for the Last Supper.  During the meal, Jesus took bread, broke it and gave it to his apostles saying, “Take and eat.  This is my body.”  Then he took the chalice filled with wine and said, “Take and drink.  This is the chalice of the blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be shed for the remission of sins.  Do this in memory of me.”

This Last Supper was the first mass.  The apostles became priests and received their First Communion.