Holy Week Meditations: Sorrowful Mysteries of Rosary Pt.2

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The Scourging at the Pillar

             “Then Pilate took Jesus, and scourged Him.” (John 19:1)

Pilate thought that, by scourging Jesus, he would satisfy the mob and so be able to set Him free. This is how the weak always think: compromise, give in to evil so as to appease it. However, this only makes things worse.

The torturers bound His hands and brought Him to the pillar amidst blows, shoves, and laughter. His meekness, goodness, and willing unwillingness to defend Himself contrasted with the brutal, senseless, and cruel hatred. Oh foolish illusion that by tying His hands He would be immobilized! It would be enough for Him to say, “Cords, loosen,” and they would fall to the ground! Had He so wished, the cords could have also become serpents to attack His evildoers.

What is extraordinary is that He gave Himself up to be scourged. We can imagine His sweet groans, His Most Holy Body writhing in pain, His adorable flesh torn by the whip. This was the flesh of the God-Man! He stood, full of dignity, meek and without protest, conversing with the Eternal Father within Himself.

We can also imagine at that moment the Son of God, Supreme Governor of all events, thinking about the blessed civilization that would one day be built on the merits of His Passion. Alas, He also saw that at a certain moment the Christian reign of satannations would turn against Him and would be dominated by an anti-civilization. Because this world would deny a personal God, it would also deny man’s personhood and individuality.

In this flattened anti-civilization, mankind would affirm total equality, thus becoming enslaved to a rebellious communist utopia. This utopia would deny property, and therefore justice; would deny the family, and therefore purity; would deny religion, and therefore all that is sacred; would deny tradition, and therefore history. By inverting all values, this anti-civilization would produce a great chaos, a great vacuum in which the former-Christian peoples would drown. This anti-civilization is the tyranny of matter, of the machine, of anonymity, and of atheism — in a word, the reign of Satan.

Our Lord could have lamented like the prophet David: “What profit is there in my death…?” (Psalm 30:9) What profit is there in my blood, which I shed so generously and so abundantly?

The Crowning With Thorns

“And the soldiers weaving a crown of thorns, put it upon His head; and they put on Him a purple garment.” (John 19:2)

Our God, crowned with thorns! Does this not prove that God’s royalty is the royalty of pain? Let us accept suffering: suffering from humiliations; suffering from injustice; suffering from the untiring effort to do good; suffering from self-denial. To take suffering out of Christianity is to insult Christ Who accepted a crown of thorns. To be Christian and to be afraid of suffering for God is to reduce God to a mere banker who satisfies our every whim, or to a simple servant who serves us at our bidding. To eliminate suffering from Christianity is to remove its backbone.

Are we only fair-weather friends? Indeed, it is not Christian to be afraid to sacrifice ourselves for Christ, our greatest Friend. Let us not commit the felony of abandoning Jesus on Calvary. Let us not strike a blow to His face, wounded for love of us, by sinning. Let us not be heartless hyenas, but rather “meek, and humble of heart” as He. (Matthew 11:29)

 

The Carrying of the Cross

And bearing His own cross, He went forth to that place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew Golgotha.” (John 19:17)

Each one of us has a cross to carry. Each one of us would like to be something he is not, to have something he has not, to be able to accomplish something he cannot. We need to let go of being what we are not, having what we have not, and accomplishing what we cannot; this is the way for all of us.

May Our Lord give us a love of our cross just as He had for His. Instead of bearing the Holy Wood with disgust, our Redeemer embraced and kissed it because He was fulfilling His mission on earth. Our cross consists in fulfilling our mission. Let us embrace it tearfully, but lovingly. And let us say, “I will never cease to ask for strength, and I will thus carry my cross to the height of my Calvary!”

Our Lord bore every pain as though He were a king going to his coronation. He did this with dignity, with serenity, steadfastly, and without hesitation. Nothing was spared Him, whether physically or spiritually. He entered into the depths of suffering with the resolution of a hero, thus appearing before the justice of the Eternal Father resplendent with pain. This is how He saved the human race: with each step, the worst happened to Him, yet He accepted everything, entirely, without asking for any delay. He never asked anyone to pity Him. The suffering was such, that, at times, His strength failed, but He immediately arose and went on.

This thought helps me overcome my faintheartedness! If I wish to meet Our Lord Jesus Christ in His sublime beauty and sanctity, I must embrace my own cross, too.

 

To be continued tomorrow.

From: https://www.tfp.org/lenten-reflections/

JtM Crusade Prayer Meeting on Thurs.10th May, 2018

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Prayer Theme: Protection during the Warning and against the Antichrist.

Prayers are Groups A & G: (See https://remnantdisciples.wordpress.com/crusade-prayer-group-format/ for details).

Readings

1.Bible: Gospel of Mark  – Introduction

2.  BoT: 12th Feb., 2013

 3. BoT: 17th Sept., 2011

Bible Reading

Read it at: http://www.usccb.org/bible/scripture.cfm?bk=Mark&ch=

Readings from the Book of Truth

This life will, in the blink of an eye, pass into a New Life, a New Renewed Paradise

February 12, 2013 @ 2:19am

My dearly beloved daughter, so many people in the world are unaware of their spirituality. So caught up in matters, concerning their daily lives, their jobs, their role as parents, their struggle to pass exams and to educate themselves, that they forget about their lives after their time on earth comes to an end.

It is only right that they do the best they can, in matters of responsibility, to feed and clothe themselves, but when they neglect their spiritual well-being, they are denying themselves the greatest gifts, which await them.

Many forget that My Father can take life at any time. If souls are not prepared, they will suffer regret and may not enter Heaven at the time when they pass from this life to the next.

It is difficult for those who lead busy lives to consider what happens when this time, accorded to them by God, comes to an end. For many they view death as frightening and not something they wish to think about. And so, they reject Me, their Jesus, their path to My Father’s Kingdom. I, Jesus Christ, Am the only way to avail of eternal life, a life unknown to you.

I wish to tell you that there is a wonderful life for all of God’s children, waiting for them.This life is important, because it is how you live the life, which is given to you on earth, which will determine your future.

You must never think of death, as the end. Instead, think of it as the beginning of a new and wonderful life.The time you spend on earth is a trial. It is a test and in many ways is an exile. Born sinners, you will also die as sinners. But, it will be those sinners who love one another, who treat others with love and respect and who live their lives in My Image, who have much to look forward to.

Because of My great Compassion for all of God’s children, I make great exceptions for souls who wander, lost and confused. I pursue souls who do not want anything to do with Me and I stir their hearts, so that they feel compassion for others.

Many do not realise how I work, within their hearts, but I do this to entice them towards Me.  For every soul who calls to Me, even if they are unsure of My Existence, I come running. I respond, instantly, and hear all intentions. I Am a Loving God. I Am not easily roused by anger. I Am Patient. I Am expectant. I Am Loyal. I Am all Merciful. I Am waiting for all souls to recognise My Call, for soon, they will be in little doubt as to Whose Voice they hear, beckoning them to feel God’s Love.

This life will, in the blink of an eye, pass into a new life, a new renewed Paradise. While this time on earth may be full of trials, pressures, stress, ups and downs, it cannot compare with the peace and glory of the life, which awaits all those who love Me.

Your Jesus

Times of Peace and Glory almost here

17 September 2011 @ 6:50pm

My dearly beloved daughter, you are finally realizing that when you feel rejected, then this is simply a mirror of My Own Agony. When you are in union with Me, as you are, this will become part of your life from now on. When people reject the Messages you publish, they are rejecting My Most Holy Word.

When they challenge them and find fault with them, they criticize Me. When they look down on you, they ridicule Me. When they laugh at these Messages they crucify Me.

What you are feeling is but just a fraction of My suffering as I watch in sorrow at man’s blindness to the Truth of the Existence of My Eternal Father. The pain and sorrow I feel, when I have to witness the sins of man, including the sins of believers, is most intense. This torment barely ceases, but is relieved, by the suffering of victim souls. It is also eased by the love that My followers show Me through their devotion to Me.

My daughter, while I need suffering to save other poor, unfortunate souls, it is not something that gives Me pleasure. I find it painful to watch, but feel comforted by it. So many things you must learn, My daughter, which are difficult for you to understand. The ways of the Divine Kingdom could not be understood by mankind. One day they will understand.

Know this, My children, that the difficult times, which man has had to endure for centuries, is coming to an end. This is good news for the man who shows love for his neighbour, and as such, who loves Me. It will also bring to an end, at last, My suffering, which is endured because I Love you all. This Love is Powerful and ever-yielding and will be the cause of your final salvation.

Go now, My daughter, and accept the suffering with more understanding in your heart. Rejoice, for the times of Peace and Glory are almost here.

Your loving Friend and Saviour
Jesus Christ, King of Mankind