Even when it hurts … Friday, May 24

Peter Paul Rubens, Flagellation of Christ, Ant...

Peter Paul Rubens “Flagellation of Christ”, Antwerp, Church of St. Paul.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Sorrowful Mystery, the Scourging at the Pillar. “Though He was harshly treated, He submitted, like a lamb led to the slaughter.” Isaiah 53:7. There have been times that I felt myself misused. I’m certain we all have. Everyone suffers slights and insults, both the ones that are intentional and the ones that are, perhaps, simply a matter of our take on things. Some are real, some are imagined. There was nothing imaginary about what happened to Jesus. While its true that the ones responsible for His torture didn’t know what they were doing because they didn’t recognize Him for Who He was, given that the Roman’s knew nothing of a Messiah as the concept was foreign to their pagan religion and the Jews that did realize He was the Messiah didn’t understand that He was God in the flesh, the ones ultimately responsible, Satan and his hoard, knew full well what they were doing and took glee in it. The next time we suffer some sort of emotional scourging, or even a physical one, when we feel misused in some way, we might like to keep in mind that the guilty party probably isn’t fully aware of what they’re doing, we might also like to keep in mind the evil ones (Satan and the fallen angels) that are the basic source. And we should remember Jesus most of all, Who was led like a lamb to slaughter. Remembering the Lamb we need to follow Him even when it hurts.

Today … St. David I of Scotland was the youngest son of Scotland’s virtuous queen, (Saint) Margaret, and succeeded his brother to the Scottish throne in 1124. David’s friend, (Saint) Aelred, abbot  of the English monastery of Rievaulx, was later to recount David’s religious devotion and his generosity to the poor. From his riches he also endowed the founding of several dioceses and many monasteries. David was to express profound remorse for an ill-conceived and ill-fated invasion of England he had ordered on behalf of his niece. He also suffered the sorrow of the premature death of his only son. On Friday, May 22, 1153, as David was nearing death, he received the anointing of the sick and Viaticum, after which he devoted himself to reciting the Psalms with those at his bedside. The next day, the king told those urging him to take a rest from his devotions, “Let me rather think about the things of God, so that my spirit may set out strengthened on its journey from exile to home. When I stand before God’s tremendous judgment seat, you will not be able to answer for me or defend me.” He thus continued with his prayers. David died at dawn on Sunday, May 24, proving that those in political office can be saints. We should pray for the same today, praying for those in office today.

Pope Paul VI said … “It’s an absurd dichotomy to think one can live with Jesus, but without the Church, to follow Jesus outside the Church, to love Jesus and not the Church.”