Third Luminous Mystery

The Proclamation of the Kingdom-Jesus preaches to the crowds about the Kingdom of God.

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying: The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15

Jesus forgives the humble who display faith in Him. The humble show sorrow for their sins. They also show love and hope.

Imagine you are in the crowd listening to Jesus speak to the people and you move closer so you can listen and watch what Jesus does when some people bring sick people to Him.

“They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”  Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?”  Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”— he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” -Mark 2:3-12

While Jesus was proclaiming the kingdom of God, he explained that His kingdom is filled with mercy and will last for all time…”When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” -John 20:22-23

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