Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary: The Scourging at the Pillar


Isaiah 53:5

Confession. I used to really struggle with meditating on the 2nd Sorrowful Mystery of the rosary, The Scourging at the Pillar. When I was able to understand, how excruciatingly painful this experience was for Him, coupled with my growing love for Him, I couldn’t bear the thought of so much suffering, and ultimately, at my hands, due to my own sin. And so every time I would go to meditate, I would prepare myself to feel dreadfully horrible for all the pain I had been responsible for, inflicted on my precious savior. Now I know, this is not what Jesus desires. 

A priest in my life once said, “As I was gazing at the cross feeling so sad, the Lord said to me, why are you not happy? Be happy to see me on the cross. Because I did this out of so much love for you.” 

And so I think, with each lash the Lord suffered in the scourging, He was saying “I love you Virginia.” over, and over, and over again. And each time I remember and meditate on what He suffered, praying the prayers of the rosary I’m saying “Thank you Jesus!” And “I love you!” over and over again. It’s just a small token to offer, but I know He receives it with joy. 

It’s so difficult to ponder, He doesn’t need us, but He thirsts for us. He is desperate for us. The magnitude of His love, can be seen most poignantly, in His passion, in the Sorrowful mysteries. It is His love story, with each of us. 

For more brief meditations on the mysteries of the rosary, including a brief explanation of the rosary at the beginning, click on “meditations on the mysteries of the rosary” in the menu bar. God bless you. 

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