Pope Francis has called on the faithful around the world to pray the Rosary during this Marian month of October. Play Like a Champion has sports themed reflections based on the mysteries of the rosary. These are being posted as part of our Daily Prayers resource or you can email us to receive the full document. Consider praying either a single decade or an entire rosary with your team and reflecting on how God is speaking to you individually and as a team. Here is a sample of these reflections using the first Joyful Mystery.
The JOYFUL MYSTERIES of the Holy Rosary
Prayed on Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays of Advent; Sundays of Epiphany through Lent
The Annunciation of Gabriel to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Reflection:  Remember a time you received news that filled you with anxiety. Perhaps your coach called you into a game at a critical time or when you learned you would be facing your toughest opponent in the play-off’s. Believe that God is standing with you in the uncertainty and fear. Have the courage like Mary to say “Yes” to these difficult invitations, despite your fear.