No scourging? Think twice … Tuesday, March 5

English: Satan as Antichrist

Satan, the”god” and father of this world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Sorrowful Mystery, the Scourging. “But beware of men. For they will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues.” Matthew 10:17. If we are supposed to be Christlike, and we are, why would it surprise us when Christlike things happen to us? Christlike things entail more than reigning, resurrecting, ruling, and restoring. Christlike things include ridicule, rashness, restlessness, and ROFL. ROFL  AT us as Catholics, not WITH us. Ridicule when our opinions go against the worldly grain. Rashness when we are judged wrongly with misinformation as the “proof”. Restlessness because we don’t really have a place to rest in this world, at least not as things stand currently. And ROFL? Well, with all of our antiquated ideas and customs, we’re so backwards by worldly standards that the world has no choice but to laugh. Anything less than laughter, and a scourge, might lend credence to our beliefs. Two of the easiest ways to discredit a thing, and there are plenty more than two, are #1; Laugh at it as tho it is foolish. #2; Ignore it as a thing so unworthy as to not even warrant thinking about or reacting to. Scourging is a punishment. There is the scourge made like a physical whip. There is the scourge of the tongue. Both can kill, either can maim. Jesus was scourged and told us we would be too. Live for Christ? Then expect Christlike things to happen. But the alternative? The alternative is don’t live for Christ and see what happens. In the long run the scourge is a blessing. It tones us, prepares us, and makes us Christlike. After all, they treated Him the same way. But going it on our own, going the way of the world and in that way sidestepping the scourge? Jesus never did that, His followers never do that. It’s not Christlike. It is not the way of our Father in Heaven. It is however very much like the father, or god, of this world. See 2 Corinthians 4:4 and John 8:44. Pray to be scourged like Christ. Keep reading, you’ll see why in a moment.

Today …  St. Feria? No, not hardly. “Feria” is a Latin word meaning “free day”. In the old calendar of saints it was a day on which no saint was celebrated. And, again with the old calendar, today was one of those days. The Code of Rubrics of Pope John XXIII (1960) divided ferias into four classes: Class I: Ash Wednesday and the whole of Holy Week. Class II: Advent from 17 December to 23 December and Ember Days. Class III: Lent and Passiontide from the day after Ash Wednesday to the day before the Second Sunday in Passiontide, excluding Ember Days. Class IV: all other ferias. So we still have them, but I don’t think we have as many and today is no longer one of them. Humor me here. For the sake of our spiritual well-being, in an attempt to be more Christlike, and as a Lenten exercise, lets celebrate the scourge today instead of a saint. Why?

Hebrews 12:6-8 … “For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Persevere under discipline. God dealeth with you as with his sons; for what son is there, whom the father doth not correct? But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are made partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons.”

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