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Why the Luminous Mysteries?

Muslims reject the Divinity of Christ, they think of Him as a prophet, but not the Incarnate Son of God. But by rejecting His divinity, they reject what He taught about Himself.

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus performed miracles. And most of these miracles, He pointedly talked about performing them to prove He was who he said he was: the Son of God. His entire public ministry was devoted not just to being a good moral teacher, but to proving and showing that He was who he said he was.

The Luminous Mysteries are a reflection of this, and every one of them reflects the Divinity of Christ.

The first Luminous Mystery is when Christ was baptized in the river Jordan by St. John the Baptist. Scripture tells us, "As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." (Mark 1:10-11) What could be more clear than the Father actually saying "You are my Son"?

The second Luminous Mystery is the Miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana. This is a rich, rich subject for mediation, for not only does Christ turn water into wine, but He does so at the request of His Mother. And nothing could better show the place marriage has in the Divine plan than Christ's first public miracle being performed at a wedding.

The third Luminous mystery is Christ's preaching of the Gospel. All throughout the Gospels, Christ shows His Divinity: he raises the dead, forgives sins, heals the sick, expels demons, commands the winds and the waves. When John the Baptist discples come to ask Jesus if He is the Messiah, He says: "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor." (Matthew 11:4-5)

The fourth Luminous Mystery is the Transformation. A hint of the glory to come when Christ returns, the Transformation shows the power and glory those who trust in Christ will share. James, Peter and John see Elisha, Moses and Christ appearing transfigured with brilliant light. Again, as at His baptism, a voice comes out of the heavens and says "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!" (Mark 9:2-7)

The fifth Luminous Mystery is Christ giving Himself to us, body and blood, soul and divinity, in the sacrament of the Eucharist. And at the Eucharist, Christ says to His disciples: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. . . Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves." (John 14:6-7, 10-11)

All of this evidence shows either Christ is the Son of God, as He claimed, or He deliberately lied, or was crazy. A con man who wanted to delude people for personal gain would hardly have let himself be crucified, crazy people very rarely inspire their followers to continue to believe Him even after death. Christ's public declaration of His Divinity, as shown by the Luminous Mysteries, is the basis for our trust in Him.