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The Scourging at the Pillar

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The Scourging at the Pillar

“Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him.” (Jn 19:1)

The Evangelists all cover Christ’s scourging in few words.  Their brevity as well as Our Lord’s own silence during his passion allows the words of the prophets to be heard echoing through the years, especially, in this case, Isaiah’s Song of the Suffering Servant (ch 53),  verse 5:

But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
   he was crushed for our iniquities; 
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, 
   and by his wounds we are healed.

St Anselm once wrote that if we knew how much our sins offend God, we’d never sin.  It is a sobering thought, isn’t it?  Similarly, if we even had an inkling of an idea of how much God loves us, we would never sin again.

 My Lord Jesus, 
Out of love for mankind, 
You submitted yourself to be scourged, 
Taking upon yourself the sins of the world.
Out of love for mankind… out of love for me.  
O my Jesus, through meditating on this sorrowful mystery, 
may I come to know ever more fully how much you love me.
May this knowledge foster in me an abhorrence of sin
and a determination never to offend you again
Amen. 

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