The Seven Day Bible Rosary - The Public Life

The first mystery of the Public Life

Jesus is tempted in the wilderness

Jesus experienced and overcame the temptations that all of us experience-the temptations to materialism, presumption, and the temptation to do evil in order to accomplish something good.

The last temptation may have been this: to worship Satan in exchange for the souls ofthe rest of mankind.

This would have been the greatest possible temptation since Jesus had come to save each one of us .In his answer, Jesus teaches us that we may never do what is wrong even to accomplish some good purpose, that the end does not justify the means.

We pray to overcome all temptations.

Our Father
1. Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
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2. And after He fasted forty days and forty nights, He was hungry.
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3. The tempter said to Him: "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread
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4. But Jesus answered: "It is written, 'Not by bread alone does man live but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God."
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5. Then the devil took Him into the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle ofthe temple;
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6. He said: if you are the Son of God, throw yourself dowii, for it is written, 'He will give his angels charge of you, and on their hands they will bear you up lest you strike your foot against a stone.'
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7. Jesus said to him: "It is also written, 'Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
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8. The devil took Him to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
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9. "All these things I will give you if you will fall down and worship me."
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10. Jesus said to him: "Begone, Satan! for it is written, 'The Lord thy God shalt thou worship and Him only shall you serve."
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Glory be

The second mystery of the Public Life

Jesus begins his preaching with a call to faith and a change of heart

The gospel is summarized by the simple message with which Jesus begins his public preaching: "The kingdom of God is at hand; undergo a change of heart and believe in the gospel."

We know from our own experience that having a change of heart is not just a one-time thing. We need continual conversion so that we can walk more closely with the Lord.

We ask God that we and our families will walk the narrow path with Jesus so that we may enter by the narrow gate that leads to eternal life.

We pray for continued conversion to the Lord

Our Father
1. After John the Baptist was imprisoned, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the word of God;
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2. He says: "The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand. Undergo a change of heart and believe in the gospel."
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3. "No one can serve two masters; you cannot serve God and money."
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4. "Don't be anxious, saying 'What shall we eat and drink?' or 'What shall we wear?"
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5. "Unbelievers seek all these things, and your Father knows that you need all of them."
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6. "But seek first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things will be given you besides."
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7. "Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many follow that way."
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8. "For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."
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9. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven,"
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10. "But he who does the will of my Father shall enter the kingdom of heaven."
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Glory be

The third mystery of the Public Life

Jesus teaches us to love our enemies and each other

The phrase about hating your enemy is not in the Old Testament. It may have been a way of saying you had less obligation to love your enemy; or perhaps it meant you could be indifferent to foreigners.

Jesus changes that. He teaches that we must love our enemies. And St. John reminds us that we must love each other.

Love is not easy. If it were, God would not have to command us to love each other as well as our enemies.

We pray for the grace to love those who persecute us and to work for their conversion.


Our Father
1. "You have heard that it was said, 'Thou shalt love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
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2. "But I say to you: Love your enemies, and do good to those who hate you."
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3. 'Pray for those who persecute you and tell lies about you."
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4. "Do so in order to be children of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the good and evil, and He sends rain on sinners and saints alike."
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5. If you love those who love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that
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6. "If you greet only your friends, what more are you doing than anyone else? Don't even unbelievers do that much?
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7. "You are called to be perfect even as your heavenly Father is perfect."
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8 .St. John wrote: If anyone says, "I love God" and hates his brother, he is a liar.
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9. The man who does not love his brother whom he does see cannot love God whom he does not see.
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10. This commandment we ha from the Lord, that he who loves God should love his brother also.
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Glory be

The fourth mystery of the Public Life

Jesus teaches us about marriage and a right heart

God knows that husbands and wives are subject to the temptation to become indifferent to each other, to feel sorry for themselves, and even to imagine occasionally that life might be better with someone else. So Jesus reaffirms the original reality that marriage is truly permanent.

The Lord also knows our human weaknesses and our tendency to use other people, so he reminds us that lust is not love.

Chastity is the spiritual energy that enables us to place our sexuality at the service of authentic love.

We pray for marital faithfulness and for purity of heart.

Our Father
1. Pharisees came to test Him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
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2. Jesus said to them: "From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
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3. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one.
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4. "So they are no longer two but one flesh. What God has joined together, let no man put as under."
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5. His disciples asked Him about this again, and He said: "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her;"
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6. "And if the wife divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."
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7. "You have heard that it was said, 'Thou shall not commit adultery."
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8. "But I say to you that anyone who looks at a woman with lustful intention has already committed adultery with her in his heart"
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9. "Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, every form of sexual immorality, stealing, lying, and slander, and these defile you."
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10. "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God."
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Glory be

The fifth mystery of the Public Life

In his miracles, Jesus shows us his divine power at working in the world

In curing the paralytic, Jesus added something not found in most of his miracles. He noted that this miracle was a sign of his divine power to forgive sins, a sign that people should believe that He was sent by God and that his words were true.

Lack of faith leads to divisions within the Church. Lack of faith also leads to the loss of moral vision and to divisions within families. Only the grace of God can overcome these divisions.

We pray for the great moral miracle of the healing of divisions within the Church and right within Christian families.

Our Father
1. As He preached to them, four men brought a man who was paralyzed.
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2. Since they could not get near Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof and lowered the paralytic on his mat.
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3. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven you."
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4. Some of the scribes questioned in their hearts: "Why does this man speak this way? That's blasphemy! Who can forgive sins except God alone?"
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5. Jesus immediately knew in his spirit that they were questioning within themselves;
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6. So He said to them: "Why are you questioning this way in your hearts?"
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7. "Which is easier? To say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you'? or to say, 'Arise, pick up your mat and walk'?"
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8. "So that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" He said to the paralytic: "I say to you, arise, pick up your mat, and go home."
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9. He rose up, took up his mat, and walked out in the sight of all.
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10. The people were all amazed and glorified God saying, "We have never seen anything like this."
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Glory be


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