Tuesday, October 16

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Sorrowful Mystery, the Scourging. “Convinced of the innocence of Christ and of the mortal envy of the Jews, he (Pilate) was much put out at Herod’s again referring the disagreeable decision to his own tribunal.” (“The Mystical City of God” by Mary of Agreda) Here is a picture of fallen humanity at its worst. Pilate has already had Jesus scourged even though he knows Christ is innocent. Now he feels put out because Herod didn’t judge the matter and so let Pilate off the hook. The scourging was supposed to placate the angry mob. It didn’t. Herod was supposed to take the case because the Man was from his territory. He didn’t. The whole thing falls squarely on the shoulders of Pontius Pilate and he wants out from under. That’s not the way life works, is it? Our fallen human nature doesn’t mind the dirty work. That’s not the problem. The problem is that we don’t want to be the ones taking responsibility. So we try to lay it on the shoulders of someone else. Like Pilate tried with Herod. And Christ stood there all the while. Scourged. It’s the same in our own lives. We want terribly to pass the buck but we can’t. Personal responsibility haunts us just as Jesus haunted Pilate. And our shirking of responsibility, our taking the easy way out, is one of the reasons Christ was scourged, isn’t it? The next time we try washing our hands of a thing, turning our backs to it, we might do well to remember that it isn’t us who’s really been put out. Jesus turned His back too. But it wasn’t a turning away from responsibility. It was an acceptance of the whip for love of another, you and me, and out of love for the Father and a preference for God’s will.  Let us do likewise.

Today … St. Gerard Majella, patron of expectant mothers. A good pro-life saint, one we might call upon for help with the health care mandate and abortion on demand. A tailor, a sacristan, a porter, a gardener, an infirmarian, a spiritual counselor, a professed lay brother, and a Redemptorist. An impressive list for one that died after only 29 years here on earth. It isn’t the amount of time we toil that counts. Jesus explains that in Matthew 20:1-16. It’s not so much the amount of time or even the effort put forth. It’s the heart that takes the time and lovingly puts forth the effort that counts in God’s eyes. St. Gerard, please pray for us that we be given such a heart.

Something to pray about … “The Holy Scriptures contain an insistent exhortation to cultivate the fear of God. We are speaking here of that fear which is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Among the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, indicated in the words of Isaiah (cf. Is. 11:2), fear of God is listed last, but that does not mean that it is the least significant, since it is precisely fear of God that is the beginning of wisdom. And among the gifts of the Holy Spirit, wisdom holds first place. Therefore, we need to pray that people everywhere and especially people in our own time will receive the fear of God.” ~ Pope John Paul II ~ Now more than ever, Lord, now more than ever.

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2 Comments

  1. I thought that it was beautifully said .And it is certainly something I will ponder on ..

    • Thank you, Ginny. 🙂


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