The Seven Day Bible Rosary - The
The first mystery of the Parables
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus teaches us to
respond to the word of God
In this parable, Jesus comes to each one of us,
asking for our response and pointing out the common
things that hinder that response.
It is food for an examination of conscience. If I say
I believe but lam not being fruitful in his service,
is it because I have not truly taken his message to
heart or because I have no deep spiritual roots? Or
is it because I've let the pursuit of money and other
worldly cares preoccupy me?
And if I am already serving God, how can I do better?
We pray to be fruitful in his service.
I. "Behold, the sower went out to sow, and some
seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them
2. "Some seeds fell on rocky ground, and they sprang
up at once because they had no depth of soil, but they
withered away in the heat of the sun.
3. "Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns
grew up and choked them.
4. "And other seeds fell upon good ground and yielded
fruit, some a hundred-fold, some sixty, and some thirty-fold."
5. "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom but
does not take it to heart, the evil one snatches away
what was sown in his heart; this is the see on the path.
6. "The seed sown on rocky ground-that is he who
receives the word right away with joy,"
7. "But he has no root; he lasts for a while, but
when trouble and persecution come because of the word,
he falls away."
8. "The seed sown among thorns that is he who listens
to the word; but the cares of this world and the deceit
of money choke the word and he is fruitless."
9. "The one sown upon good ground that is he 'who
hears the word and takes it to heart';"
10. "He bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred-fold,
in another sixty-fold or thirty-fold."
The second mystery of the Parables
In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus teaches
us about our neighbor
The lawyer had just been praised by Jesus for his proper
answer about what must be done to inherit eternal life.
"You shall love the Lord thy God with all your
heart and with your whole soul, and with all your strength,
and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself."
That prompted his question: "And who is my neighbor?"
The answer of Jesus is universal. My neighbor is the
person who needs my help.
The test of love is my response here and now to the
unexpected need for help and care.
We pray to be compassionate to those in need.
1. A lawyer, seeking to justify himself, said to Jesus,
"And who is my neighbour?"
2. Jesus answered, "A certain man was going from
Jerusalem to Jericho."
3. "And he was attacked by robbers who beat him
and left him half dead."
4. "A priest went down the same way, and when he
saw him, he passed by.So also a Levite who saw him and
5. "But a Samaritan who traveled that road saw
him and was moved with compassion."
6. "He went up to him and bound his wounds, brought
him to an inn, and took care of him."
7. "The next day he paid the innkeeper to care
for him and said, 'Whatever more you spend, I will repay
you on my way back."
8. "Which of these three, in your opinion, proved
to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?"
9. He said, "He who took pity on him."
10. And Jesus said to him, "Go and act in like
The third mystery of the Parables
In the Parable of the Talents, Jesus teaches
about using the gifts He has given us
Most of us do not regard ourselves as being among the
world's highly talented. Therefore, we would like to
tell ourselves that we can let others who are more talented
do what is needed for building up the kingdom of God.
However, in this parable Jesus teaches that each one
of us, no matter how small in the eyes of the world,
has some talent to be used in building up the kingdom
of God. Feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, volunteer
work, being thankful for favors received, offering suffering
as a prayer for others all of these are talents to use
in God's service.
We pray that we and our families will use our talents
to build up the kingdom of God.
1. "The kingdom of heaven is like a man going on
a long trip, leaving his goods in the care of his servants.
2. "To one he gave five talents, to another two,and
to another one, to each according to his ability."
3. "He who had the five put them to work and gained
4. "He who had the two put them to work and gained
5. "But he who had the one talent hid his master's
money in the ground.
6. "When the master fmally returned, he called
for an accounting of their stewardship."
7. "To him who gained five talents, he said, 'Well
done, good and faithful servant;
8." 'Because you were faithful over a few things,
I will set you over much; enter the joy of your master.'
9. "The servant with the one talent said: 'I was
afraid, so I hid your talent; here it is, unused.'
10. "The master said, 'Cast out this lazy servant
into the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing
The fourth mystery of the Parables
In the Parable of the Two Barns Jesus teaches
about the dangers of riches
The gospel of Luke shows that a major theme in the teaching
of Jesus was the danger of seeking after wealth. In
this parable, the man has achieved wealth and is satisfied
to take it easy, eat, drink, and be merry. But God calls
him a fool, for those things will be of no value when
he meets his maker.
Jesus teaches that the antidote to selfishness is generous
almsgiving which builds up a treasure in heaven. Money
is a talent to be used in the service of God and our
We pray for generosity in ahms giving.
1. Jesus taught them: "Take heed and beware of
all covetousness, for a man's life does not consist
in the abundance of his possessions."
2. He told them this parable: "The land of a rich
man yielded rich harvests.
3. "And the man thought to himself, 'What shall
I do since I have no room to store my crops?'
4. 'This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns
and build larger ones to store all my goods.'
5. 'And will say to my soul, Soul, you have many good
things laid up for many years; take it easy, eat, drink,
and be merry.'
6. "But God said to him, 'You fool! this very night
you will meet your Maker. Those things that you have
stored up, whose will they be?"
7. Jesus taught them further:]"Seek first the kingdom
of God, and food and drink shall be yours as well."
8. Sell your possessions and give alms; and make yourselves
purses that do not grow old."
9. "Build your treasure in heaven where no thief
can steal nor moth destroy, for where your treasure
is, there will your heart be also."
10. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven."
The fifth mystery of the Parables
In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus teaches
us about the loving mercy of God toward repentant sinners
The parable of the prodigal son gives hope to all of
us. Like the parable of the Good Shepherd, this parable
teaches about God's desire to forgive sin and to embrace
This parable also has its challenge, In order to receive
God's forgiveness, I must first accuse myself of my
sins. I must also undergo a change of heart, put aside
my sins, and I must firmly resolve to walk the narrow
way with the Lord. The parable of the prodigal son gives
us firm hope and a challenge.
We pray for the conversion of sinners including ourselves.
1. "A certain man had two sons, and the younger
son asked for his inheritance."
2. "When he received it, he soon left for a far
country where he squandered his fortune in loose living."
3. "After he spent everything, a great famine came
over that country, and he began to suffer."
4. "Finding a job on a farm, he longed to eat what
he fed the pigs, but no one gave him anything."
5. "Coming to his senses, he told himself, 'How
many hired men in my father's house have plenty of bread
to eat while I am starving here?'
6. 'I will go to my father and say to him: Father, I
have sinned against heaven and you;'
7. 'I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat
me as one of your hired men."
8. "When his father saw him coming, he was filled
with compassion and ran to embrace him."
9. "And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned
against heaven and before you.' But the father said,
'Fetch the best robe and prepare a feast;
10. 'This my son was dead and has come to life again;
he was lost and is found."