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LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE TO MORTIFY MY SENSES

Mark 15:12-15

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

(Matthew 27:24-26)

12 And Pilate again answering, said to them: What will you then that I do to the king of the Jews?

13 But they again cried out: Crucify him.

14 And Pilate said to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more: Crucify him.

15 And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas, and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified

 

Following His arrest, Jesus was led away to a mock trial presided over by Caiaphas, the High Priest. In his Gospel, St. Matthew was determined to account for Jesus’ innocence – the original Greek reads best in the King James Version:

“Now the chief priests and elders, and all the council, sought false witnessagainst Jesus, to put Him to death; but found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses...” (Matt 26:59-60 KJV)


The atrocity of the false condemnation against the innocent Jesus was compounded by the fact that He was led to for examination to Pilate – to Herod – and back to Pilate...and still no fault was found against Him. Yet, Pilate, in a play of politics, sought to appease Jesus’ accusers by having Him scourged at the Pillar.
This was not a simple whipping with a leather strap or a rod – it was a brutal lashing carried out with an instrument constructed of sharp bones, glass, and rough stones. As the victim was scourged, his flesh would literally be torn from his body, and his muscles shredded to the point of exposing his bones. 

We need to understand that Jesus’ scourging wasn’t something that was only incidental to His Passion – rather, it too was redemptive; for in His scourging Our Lord suffered in His Body for the sins that we commit in our bodies. As Isaiah prophesied:

“...He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and His stripes we are healed” (Isa 53:5; 1 Pet 2:24)

As we meditate upon this Mystery, may we remember the sufferings of Our Lord in His Body, and be resolved to mortify our sensual pleasures and seek to glorify God in our bodies (Rom 8:13; 1 Cor 6:20).

Our Father......

1.  As soon as it was daybreak, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, reached a decision.  They bound 
Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.  Pilate interrogated him: "Are you the king of the Jews?"  
(Mk. 15: 1-2)  - 
Hail Mary...

2.  Jesus answered, "My Kingdom does not belong to this world"...At this, Pilate said to him, "So then you are a 
king?"  Jesus replied, "It is you who say I am a king.  The reason I was born, the reason why I came into the 
world is to testify to the truth.  Anyone committed to the truth, hears my voice."  (Jn. 18:36-37)  -
 Hail Mary...

3.  This much only will I say, "From now on, the Son of Man will have his seat at the right hand of the Power of 
God."  (Lk. 22: 69)  - 
Hail Mary...

4.  "So you are the Son of God?"  they asked in chorus.  He answered, "It is you who say that I am."  (Lk. 22: 70)  
Hail Mary...

5.  Pilate's next move was to take Jesus and have him scourged.  (Jn. 19:1)  - Hail Mary...


6.  Despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows. (Is. 53: 3)  - 
Hail Mary...

7.  And yet, ours were the sufferings he bore.  (Is. 53: 4)  - Hail Mary...

8.  He was pierced through for our faults, crushed for our sins.  (Is. 53: 5)  - Hail Mary...

9.  They blindfolded him, slapped him and then taunted him.  (Lk. 23: 64)  - Hail Mary...

10.  And after he had Jesus scourged, Pilate handed him over to be crucified.  (Mk. 15: 15)  - Hail Mary...


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
   
 
In the scourging, Mary’s heart was flayed to pieces alongside Jesus’ body. Yet both of them were not just victims of their suffering. They were taking it and offering it, lash by lash, in reparation for our sins. Without special assistance from God, most people would simply be crushed in body and spirit, broken under a load too heavy to carry. Others would find their souls burned by a desire for revenge and an all-consuming hatred of the oppressors. But Mary and Jesus received the grace to forgive. And this was no easy forgiveness. The soldiers and the Pharisees were not sorry for what they were doing. How does one forgive an evil person who is not sorry for torturing the one you love most?  Only God can do this, and only a heart sustained by his grace could ever have the strength to rise above and forgive in the moment.

Mary understands why sometimes we want to keep grudges or block certain people out of our lives. Forgiveness is costly, and it can offend our innate sense of justice. But it is the way of God. Without forgiveness, we nourish a cancer in our own hearts, and this cancer eats away at us a little more each day. In this mystery, Mary can help us to begin walking the road of pardon and peace, which is the way of our own healing.
First Sorrowful Mystery - The Agony in the Garden

Third Sorrowful Mystery - Crowd with Thorns

 
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