When I first picked up the Rosary prayer, it was the Sorrowful Mysteries that fist grabbed me. I really felt them. Here is the second Sorrowful Mystery and the one that I had to meditate on the most – it really was the least immediately understandable out of all five of them, for me.
The Second Sorrowful Mystery
(reference: ‘The Rosary: Joy . Light . Sorrow . Glory’, fourth edition 2004;
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The scourging at the pillar
Scripture reading (cf. John 18:38 – 19:1)
Pilate then went out to the Jews again, and told them, “I find no crime in him. But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover; will you have me release for you the King of the Jews?” They cried out again. “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber. Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him.
Bound to a column, Jesus kneels with bent back, as the cruel blows of the scourge rain down upon him. Pilate finds no guilt in him, but he wants to curry favour with the crowd. The Roman governor fears the political consequences of setting Jesus free. The crowd, whipped up by demagogues, wants to see the Innocent One punished and the dangerous criminal set free. Lies and injustice prevail. Now begins the brutal oppression which millions of martyrs will likewise suffer, for the love of Christ, throughout the course of history.
Holy Spirit, light of truth, and courage of those who act justly. Sustain all who hold power, in government and law, in the media and in society. Grant them your grace; may they not trample on the dignity of their brothers and sisters, especially the poor and weak, but truly and responsibly serve the people. Amen.