More meditations on the rosary mystery - Finding Jesus in the Temple here This sacrament washes away original sin from your soul and makes you a brother or sister of Jesus and a child of God. As a child of God you are an heir to heaven. To receive heaven as your reward you must make your life a reflection of Jesus' the way Mary did. To accomplish this you must study their lives.
Do this by meditating on the events in their lives - pray the Rosary! More meditations on the Baptism of Jesus Let this be a lesson to you. Mary is the perfect advocate and mother to you because Jesus fulfills every one of Mary's requests. Bring all your worries and concerns to her and she will present them to Jesus her Son on your behalf. More meditations on the rosary mystery - Wedding at Cana here More rosary meditations on the Proclamation of the Kingdom It is a foreshadowing of the glory to come.
Let it bring to your mind the glory that awaits you when you pass from this life. You must desire holiness, and you must learn to accept and make the necessary sacrifices to attain it. Remember, without the cross, there is no crown. More meditations on the rosary mystery - The Transfiguration here When you receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist a union between Him and you is created. This bond creates in you a holy life that is filled with peace because Jesus is the source of all holiness and the giver of all graces.
More rosary meditations on the Institution of the Eucharist You must imitate Jesus and turn to God in prayer at these times. When you pray remember to be open to God's will for you even as you ask Him to relieve your sufferings just as Jesus did at Gethsemane. More meditations on the rosary mystery - Agony in the Garden here With Jesus' scourging in mind commit yourself to never again offend God by keeping your thoughts, words and deeds pure.
More rosary meditations on the Scourging Keep your mind free from trouble. Do not worry endlessly or be anxious about anything. Keep your thoughts holy and fixed on Jesus and things that are not of this world.
More meditations on the rosary mystery - Crowning with Thorns here Jesus embraced His cross because it was the will of God and the purpose of His mission to redeem fallen man. You must follow Jesus' example by embracing the trials and sufferings of your daily life and uniting them to His sufferings. More rosary meditations on the Carrying of the Cross This act of redemption was necessary because God being a just God desired that mankind make reparation for the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Only man could repair for his sin. For this reason, God became man in the Person of Jesus and suffered and died on the cross.
In the forceful words of St. Paul, God, "by sending His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin-offering, has condemned sin in the flesh. The Apostle does not say "sinner," but—what is still more striking—"sin"! Let us never forget that "we have been redeemed at great price by the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. Christ Jesus becomes an object of derision and insults at the hands of the temple servants. Behold Him, the all-powerful God, struck by sharp blows; His adorable face, the joy of the saints, is covered with spittle; a crown of thorns is forced down upon His head; a purple robe is placed upon His shoulders as a mock of derision; a reed is thrust into His hand; the servants genuflect insolently before Him in mockery.
What an abyss of ignominy!
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What humiliation and disgrace for One before Whom the angels tremble! The cowardly Roman governor imagines that the hatred of the Jews will be satisfied by the sight of Christ in this pitiful state. He shows Him to the crowd: Let us contemplate our Divine Master at this moment, plunged into the abyss of suffering and ignominy, and let us realize that the Father also presents Him to us and says to us: Let us meditate upon Jesus Christ on the way to Calvary laden with His cross.
He falls under the weight of this burden. To expiate sin, He wills to experience in His own flesh the oppression of sin. Fearing that Jesus will not reach the place of crucifixion alive, the Jews force Simon of Cyrene to help Christ to carry His cross, and Jesus accepts this assistance. In this Simon represents all of us. This is the one sure sign that we belong to Christ—if we carry our cross with Him. But while Jesus carried His cross, He merited for us the strength to bear our trials with generosity. He has placed in His cross a sweetness which makes ours bearable, for when we carry our cross it is really His that we receive.
For Christ unites with His own the sufferings, sorrows, pains and burdens which we accept with love from His hand, and by this union He gives them an inestimable value, and they become a source of great merit for us. It is above all His love for His Father which impels Christ to accept the sufferings of His Passion, but it is also the love which He bears us.
At the Last Supper, when the hour had come to complete His oblation of self, what did Christ say to His Apostles who were gathered around Him? Paul says, "It is for us all that He is delivered up. Hence the Apostle declares without ceasing that "because He loved us, Christ delivered Himself up for us," and "because of the love He bears for me, He gave Himself up for me. Even to the death on the cross!
What enhances this love immeasurably is the sovereign liberty with which Christ delivered Himself up: This freedom with which Jesus delivered Himself up to death for us is one of the aspects of His sacrifice which touch our human hearts most profoundly. On the day of His Resurrection Jesus Christ left in the tomb the shroud which is the symbol of our infirmities, our weaknesses, our imperfections. Christ comes from the tomb triumphant—completely free of earthly limitation; He is animated with a life that is intense and perfect, and which vibrates in every fibre of His being.
In Him everything that is mortal has been absorbed by His glorified life. Here is the first element of the sanctity represented in the risen Christ: But there is also another element of sanctity: Only in heaven shall we be able to understand how completely Jesus lived for His Father during these blessed days. The life of the risen Christ became an infinite source of glory for His Father. Not a single effect of His sufferings was left in Him, for now everything in Him shone with brilliance and beauty and possessed strength and life; every atom of His being sang an unceasing canticle of praise.
His holy humanity offered itself in a new manner to the glory of the Father. Our Lord said to His Apostles before He departed from them: If we love Him, we shall rejoice in His glorification; we shall rejoice with Him that, after completing His course on earth, He ascends to the right hand of His Father, there to be exalted above all the heavens in infinite glory.
But Jesus goes only to precede us; He does not separate Himself from us, nor does He separate us from Himself. If He enters into His glorious kingdom, it is to prepare a place for us there.
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He promises to return one day to take us with Him so that, as He says, where He is we also may be. True, we are already there in the glory and happiness of Christ, by our title as His heirs; but we shall one day be there in reality. Has not Christ asked this of His Father? Let us then say to Christ Jesus: Make us live in heaven by faith and hope and love. Help us to detach ourselves from the fleeting things of earth in order that we may seek the true and lasting goods of heaven!
The Holy Spirit appeared under the form of tongues of fire in order to fill the Apostles with truth and to prepare them to bear witness to Jesus. He also come to fill their hearts with love. He is the Person of Love in the life of God. He is also like a breath, an aspiration of infinite Love, from which we draw the breath of life. On the day of Pentecost the Divine Spirit communicated such an abundance of life to the whole Church that to symbolize it "there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they the Apostles were sitting.
But it is also for us that the Holy Spirit has come, for the group in the Cenacle represented the whole Church. The Holy Spirit came to remain with the Church forever. This is the promise of Jesus Himself. He dwells in the Church permanently and unfailingly, performing in it without ceasing, His action of life-giving and sanctification. He establishes the Church infallibly in the truth. It is He Who makes the Church blossom forth with a marvelous supernatural fruitfulness, for He brings to life and full fruition in Virgins, Martyrs, Confessors, those heroic virtues which are one of the marks of true sanctity.
If Christ Jesus wishes us to love all the members of His Mystical Body, should we not love above all others her who gave Him the very nature by which He became our Head, the same nature which He uses to communicate His grace to us? We cannot doubt but that the love which we show to his Mother is extremely pleasing to Christ. There was no question of buying Him back from God in the deeper sense of the term, for He was inalienably God's own Son.
And while He was not to serve as a priest in the Temple of Jerusalem, He was by His very nature of God-man a priest, a bridge between God and man; He had been born and conceived a priest, and He would be a priest forever. Our Lord, however, in His earthly life wished 'to fulfill all justice. So He said when He deigned to have St. John the Baptist baptize Him in the Jordan. In the same spirit He allowed St. Joseph and Our Lady to present Him in the Temple. We can consider this mystery also from the viewpoint of Our Lady, especially as she stood in the Temple listening to holy Simeon prophesying about Our Lord as he held Him in his arm.
Simeon had 'blessed St. Joseph and Our Lady, but then he went on to tell her: Thine own soul a sword shall pierce. It seems a strange, harsh thing for him to tell her after he had 'blessed her. It was harsh; none knew it better than she, the Mother of Sorrows. But she knew that her Baby was to grow up to be the Man of Sorrows and suffer the harsh death of the cross for the sins of the world. And even with her heart pierced by the sword of sorrow, she knew she was 'blessed to he called to be the Mother of such a Son.
This is a 'joyful my stery, but it involves sorrow too. The sorrow was that of Our Lady and St. Joseph when they realized they had lost Our Lord; it was also and we should not fail to ponder this part of the mystery the sorrow of Our Lord in being separated from His Motherand St. Joseph, even though it was His Father's holy WI]].
The joy followed upon the sorrow and was in a way dependent upon it. It was the great joy that greets the end of painful and heart-rending separation. Our Lady and St. Joseph had set out from Jerusalem on the return journey to Nazareth after the Paschal celebration. They traveled in a large caravan, in which the men were separated from the women.
Hence Our Lady and St. Joseph were not together for the first part of the journey. And since the children sometimes traveled with the men and sometimes with the women, each of them thought Jesus was with the other. When they finally came together, they discovered to their dismay and grief that He was with neither. In fact, He was nowhere to be found; He had not been seen by any of their friends or kinsfolk since they left Jerusalem. Picture the suspense and fear in the anxious inquiries they must have made of everyone they met in those three days: Picture Our Lord too during those three days in Jerusalem.
The daytime He probably spent in the temple. But where did He spend the nights? And must not His human Heart, which was after all the Heart of a little Boy away from home and loved ones for the first time, have felt some of the pangs of loneliness and homesickness for the two persons He loved most on earth?
But finally the glad reunion came. Our Lady's exclamation as she clasped her Son to her heart might seem at first sight a reproach, but it finally was nothing of the kind: Son, why have You done so to us? Your father and 1 were so worried looking for You! It was only a mother's heart speaking out her relief in a mother's way.
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And Our Lord's answer, while deep and mysterious, was no less full of joy and relief as He returned His Mother's fond embrace. He was as much as sa ying: Didn't you knowI'd be all right, and only some most important concern of My Father in heaven could have detained Me? Did you not know I would have to be at My Father's? He began to fear and to be heavy. My soul is sorrowful even unto death. Let us consider what it was Our Lord f eared in the agony in the garden.
He feared the awful ordeal about to come. He feared the scourging, the crowning with thorns, the terrible strain of the carrying of the cross. He shrank most of all from the prospect of death. It was the shrinking of human nature from things hard for human nature. And as Our Lord had the perfect human nature, His shrinking was all the keener; in fact, it was the keenest that could possibly be felt in the face of things hard for human nature.
He feared also the contact with sin. But as the all-Holy God the thing He detested and recoiled from more than anything else was sin. Yet in the garden He was permitting sin as it were to clothe Him with its foul stain from head to foot. It was to him as if He had been plunged in some vile cesspool of corruption.
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From this contact His human nature shrank in mortal fear. So intense was His fear that it forced a bloody sweat from His pores which soaked His garments and ran down upon the ground. Only supreme mortal terror could produce so shocking an effect. Lord, grant to us the grace of avoiding sin-by the fear that Thou didst feel for sin in the garden! But Our Lord also was 'sorrowful even unto death. The prospect of a horrible death and the contact with vile sin caused Him to fear; the thought of the ingratitude of men caused Him to be 'heavy and sad; to be 'sorrowful even unto death. Any generous heart is saddened by ingratitude in proportion to the realization of the kindness that is being scorned.
But Christ had the noblest nature of all, and His benefits to mankind were supreme. Hence the weight of sadness that pressed upon His Heart was the darkest sadness that ever weighed upon a human heart. Lord, by Thy sadness in the garden, grant me the grace to be ungrateful to Thee no longer. Twice Pilate had said: But the mob continued clamoring for the death of Jesus: Then Pilate declared the third time: I will chastise Him, therefore,and let Him go!
The judge finds the Prisoner 'not guilty, and therefore he condemns Him to the brutal punishment of scourging! What a terrible miscarriage of justice! T hat is the first reflection on this mystery of the scourging at the pillar. Our Lord allowed Himself to become the victim of mob rule, of calumny, of cowardly weakness on the part of a superior who should have defended Him.
He wished to share here the sufferings of human beings who find themselves victims of similar injustice, and to give them the opportunity of ennobling their suffering by sharing it in turn with Him. Then the scourging itself was a terrible shame and agony. Even the pagan Roman considered it so brutal that their law forbade it to be imposed on any Roman citizen. Paul was a Roman citizen, and once when he was condemned to be scourged, protested that it was illegal, and so escaped punishment. And then the agony of it!
The Roman soldiers stripped Him and tied His hands around a pillar; then with leather thongs tipped with leaden balls they lashed Him until His sacred Body was covered from neck to knees with ugly, bleeding welts. This agony He suffered to atone for sins against the holy virtue of purity.
Lord, by the injustice, the shame, the torture of Thy scourging, teach me patience, humility, and holy purity! His own clothes had been put on again after Our Lord's. Now they were torn off once more, just when they were beginning to cling to His bloody flesh. What agony, and what shame before the mob of brutal soldiers! Then some cast-off scarlet robe, some torn dirty doormat of a rag from a corner of the barracks yard, was roughly yanked down over His Head and pulled about Him.
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Great sport for the soldiers, but unspeakable agony for Our Lord's Body which was one quivering wound. Wearing their heavy gloves the soldiers beat a bunch of thorny branches into some kind of helmet and clamped it down violently on His Head. The thorns pierced the skin, and the Blood began to flow. A stout stick or branch of wood from the campfire nearby was stripped of foliage and thrust into His hand. Jesus did not let it fall, but held it obediently, even when the soldiers let out a guffaw of derision at the sight.
Hail, King of the Jews! This was great sport for the soldiers. Each sought to outdo the others in mocking buffoonery: Bowing, genuflecting with mock solemnity, then falling back to roar with laughter at the meek Fool before them. This was the outrage Our Lord had often mentioned in predicting His Passion, as though He shrank from it with particular horror.