Reflecting On The Life Of Jesus

The Bible tells us to cast our anxieties on Jesus. It instructs us to pray without ceasing. It says we should make our concerns known to God. Therefore, most Christians pray some form of “prayer du jour.” Would you like to enhance your prayer life? Discover how adding time to your daily prayer regimen for reflection on the events of Jesus’ life can reorient and reinvigorate your prayer life. Please read more.

In Matthew 22:34-40, Jesus tells us the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. The second commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves. Does our prayer life reflect this alignment?

Often our prayers our centered first around our own needs, and next they are centered on the needs of others or the needs of the world. Sadly, there is often little or no reflection on the life of Jesus. Could a minor addition to our prayer routine correct this? I think so! Since we have been instructed to love God first and above all else, we might all benefit by augmenting our “prayer du jour” with some form of structured intentional reflections on the events and mysteries surrounding the life of our Lord.

What are some of these events and mysteries? We could begin by reflecting on the early joyful events surrounding Jesus. We could meditate on the annunciation to Mary that she would be the Mother of Jesus, the words of her encounter with her cousin Elizabeth, the nativity of our Lord, the presentation of Jesus in the temple, and on the time that Jesus was found discussing God’s law in the temple when He was 12.

Next, we could ponder those radiant years of His public ministry. We could reflect upon His baptism, His first miracle at Cana, the proclamation of His Kingdom, the Transfiguration, and the institution of the Lord’s Supper.

From there, we could spend time in prayer thinking about the sorrowful events surrounding His passion and death. Here we could contemplate His agony in the garden, His scourging at the pillar, His being crowned with thorns, the weight of the heavy cross He was forced to carry and finally His death on the cross to save all of mankind from their sins.

Lastly, we could draw our attention in prayer to the glorious events of salvation history. We could sit in awe reflecting on His triumphant resurrection from the dead, His ascension to Heaven, the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and upon the important role that God chose for Mary as the virgin mother of our Lord. We can ponder the meaning of her words found in Luke 1:48 when she said, “For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.”

Can you see that by reflecting on these events each day during our prayer time we can realign our prayer life to be in accordance with the greatest and second greatest commandments? This form of prayer keeps the events surrounding the life of Jesus our Lord first and foremost in our minds. Our daily petitions and requests for ourselves and others are rightly subordinated to our prayerful reflection on God and His plan for our salvation.

Hundreds of years ago, the rosary was developed as a guide through these reflections. My friends, my goal is to find opportunities for Christian unity. Unfortunately, the rosary has too often been a source of division and debate amongst Christians. The rosary has been miscategorized, mischaracterized and misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholic alike.

Too often the rosary is thought of as a “Catholic only” prayer to Mary the mother of Jesus. This is a gross misunderstanding. The rosary came about through many changes over hundreds of years. Its primary focus has always been to draw our attention to the various events surrounding the life of Christ. Yes, it is true that the “Hail Mary”, the “Our Father” and the “Doxology” are the prayers that are repeated during the recitation of the rosary, however, this is only for the purpose of creating a meditative mindset, a sort of spiritual trance, as a backdrop to quiet the mind to allow it to reflect on the mysteries of salvation history.

It is not my intent to tell non-Catholic Christians that they need to say the rosary. The rosary is merely a prayer tool. My intent today is solely to demonstrate the value of reflecting on the life of our Lord.

In summation, it was an ancient practice to use knots or beads as a way to tangibly guide one in prayer. The rosary is simply a tool that uses beads to lead one in prayer as they navigate the 20 aforementioned mystical events. Whether Catholic or non-Catholic, whether with a rosary in hand, or simply a written list of these events on a piece of paper, the addition of these reflections to our normal prayer routine will likely be beneficial. My fervent prayer is these reflections will strengthen and enhance your prayer life.

Heavenly Father, you taught me to bring my needs to you in prayer. Jesus taught me to keep you first in all things. Send forth your Holy Spirit to guide me in my prayerful reflections on your Son and on the role, you chose for His mother. Amen!


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  1. Ernest N. Martello on August 25, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Very well done! This could help me with the next Our Lady of the Rosary memorial day.

    • Brian Pusateri on August 26, 2022 at 5:28 am

      Fr. Ernie

      I am delighted to know you found it helpful. May our Lord continue to bless you in your ministry.


  2. Mike Wickens on August 23, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Brian,yes we are still here. My wife and I have been saying a scriptural rosary for several years. We have 3 different versions which we vary depending on our state that day. It keeps us focused.

    • Brian Pusateri on August 23, 2022 at 2:52 pm


      A significant percentage 4th Day Letter readers are non-Catholic. It was my intent to try to demystify the Catholic practice of saying the rosary. I wanted to make it clear that the focus is on Christ and on the role of Mary in the salvations plan. I sincerely hope they too, find focusing on the life of Christ in prayer a meaningful way to pray. They can do so with or without using a rosary.


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