Enjoy “Good Company”, even when it hurts … Tuesday, May 7

Pillar

Here’s a pillar. Get used to it.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Sorrowful Mystery, the Scourging at the Pillar. “Oppressed and condemned, He was taken away, a man of suffering.” Isaiah 53:8,3. Yesterday I asked the question, “Do you ever feel low?” The answer to that is of course, “Yes”. And the answer to the “Yes” is that its a blessing. Yesterday’s lowliness was a matter of obedience, service, and humility. Today we see a different sort of “low”. It’s what happens to us when we’re condemned by the world for no real reason, condemned because we’re “in the way”, “inconvenient” (Go visit a nursing home. Its filled with these.), or a reminder of whats right when the world doesn’t want to be reminded. Jesus was, in the world’s view, all of these and more. And He suffered as a result. We will too if we follow Him, if we remind the world of Him. There’s no way out of this short of death or the Second Coming. We’re promised suffering. We all get scourged one way or another. In that, we all take part in the Passion don’t we? So, when we suffer, when we’re scourged in whatever way it comes to us personally, how do we react? Do we bemoan our fate or give thanks because we are in such good company?

Today … St. Quadratus was a martyr. He was imprisoned for several years in Nicomedia, Nicaea, and Apamea before being put to death during the persecutions of the Church under Emperor Valerian. Now here is a Catholic that was scourged in a multitude of places, and no doubt in many ways. But he endured. And in the end he won. Why? Because God strengthened him. When we suffer, if we’ll remember where the strength comes from we’ll win too.

Remember … “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, do manfully, and be strengthened.” 1 Corinthians 16:13.

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