Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sorrowful Mysteries

III. The crowning with thorns

Christ has been officially sentenced to death. However, the soldiers were in no hurry to finish off their prey. To the twisted wits of the soldiers, the praetorium courtyard suggested a mock court, and Jesus a mock King. Injury was added to insult when they clamped the King’s head in a royal crown, studded with thorns.

Jesus, the innocence of God, had no safeguard against pain.

IV. The carrying of the Cross
“Simon, a Cyrenian, carried the cross behind Jesus.”
Luke 23:26

By God’s command, the Mosaic Law summoned every Jewish man to the Holy City for the Passover. Simon, from faraway Cyrene, was only one poor, tired rustic among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims dutifully thronging to Jerusalem. By chance he crossed the path of the soldiers leading Jesus to Calvary; by chance, Jesus fell to His knees just then; by chance, the guards caught sight of Simon and bullied him into service. Simon was taking part in the solemn ritual for which he had come – the sacrifice of the Paschal Lamb.

It is characteristic of the cross that it comes to us “by chance.” Let us remember, when we suffer, Jesus is with us in our pain helping us carry our cross.

V. The Crucifixion

"One of them ran to get a sponge; he soaked it in wine; and putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink.”
Matt. 27:48

The bite of the whip kept Jesus conscious until He reached Calvary. There two soldiers tore away His clothing, which the drying blood had glued to His lashed Body. The morning’s endless scourging was relived in a single moment. Jesus reeled from the sudden torture. A coarse narcotic of wine, myrrh, and incense was put quickly to His lips – not to relieve His thirst, but to numb His senses. Jesus did not take the drug.

The gate of heaven has a cross for a key. It is Jesus who forged the key.

( Rosary meditations taken from The Holy Cross Family Ministries )

Sorrowful Rosary

May Our Lady give us a deeper understanding of suffering through the five Sorrowful Mysteries
I. The Agony in the Garden
“Father, if you are willing take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”
Luke 22:42

Christ knew He would suffer. He spent His life speaking the Truth. Those in authority did not like Him. Mary carried many fears for her Son in her Immaculate Heart. John hailed Him as the meek Lamb of God. Jesus spoke often of His death; invited others to do what He was about to do – “take up the Cross;” then deliberately went up to Jerusalem to His earthly doom. But when that long-awaited suffering was only a sunrise way, Jesus Christ fell upon His Face and bled at the thought of pain and asked that, if it were possible, the chalice be withheld.

To tremble at pain is Christlike. Suffering is not a good thing that merely appears evil. It is an evil which human nature shrinks from – and grace can sanctify.

II. The scourging at the Pillar

“I shall have him flogged.”
Luke 23:16

Christ shrank from pain, but did not refuse it. Late morning saw Jesus flung against a praetorium pillar, while the hired men of Rome wore themselves out whipping and lashing Him near to death. Every thump of the iron-weighted cords tore fresh red rents in His Flesh. Jesus, who the night before had turned wine to Blood, now shed that Blood like wine poured out. His Body is the chalice of His spilt-out Blood, and the cup He no longer asks His Father to remove.

God knows how desperate we feel when we ask Him to relieve our sufferings because God was with Jesus in all Jesus’ pain. To accept pain as Jesus did is to sanctify it – and ourselves.
Heaven opened with 3 Hail Mary Devotion

Act of Consecration to the Most Holy Trinity

With all my heart I praise Thee, Most Holy Virgin
above all Angels and Saints in Paradise, Daughter of
the Eternal Father, and I consecrate to Thee
my soul with all its faculties.

Hail Mary..

With all my heart I praise Thee, Most Holy Virgin
above all Angels and Saints in Paradise, beloved Mother
of the Son of God, and I consecrate to Thee my body
with all its senses.

Hail Mary..

With all my heart I praise Thee, Most Holy Virgin
above all Angels and Saints in Paradise, beloved Spouse
of the Holy Ghost, and I consecrate to Thee my heart
with all its affections, and beseech Thee to obtain for me from
the Most Holy Trinity all the graces necessary for salvation.

Hail Mary..

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