While praying each decade of the rosary, meditate on some aspect of the mystery and apply it to your own life.

The Agony in the Garden –  The First Mystery:

Moving a little away from His apostles, the thought of what is to come, causes Him great suffering. Many of the saints felt that the suffering that Jesus experienced, in Gethsemane, was the worst He would experience. He knew that many would not embrace His teachngs.sor agony He is God, but He is man, as well. The fear of knowing what was to come and the anguish of knowing that for some it would not matter, how this must have devastated Him. He prays for it to not happen, that it would somehow bypass Him, and yet He prays, “Not my will, but Thine be done”. Mental anguish, how severe it is. It brings us to our knees, again and again. How often we hope, and pray that something will not happen. We are not ready to handle it. How seemingly impossible it is for us, to accept a death, a doctor’s diagnosis, an accident. It is truly heroic to whisper to God, “Not my will, but Thine be done.” Only a belief in a loving Father in Heaven will enable these words to be uttered.

Scourging at the Pillar –  The Second Mystery:

Jesus is secured to a pillar, defenseless and helpless. Roman soldiers take turns whipping Him, ripping His flesh. These men seem to almost take delight in inflicting this pain. sor scourgingHow many times, the lashes must have caused Him to wince with pain. The beating must feel like it will never stop. Why is He submitting Himself to this demonic torture? For us. For you and me. Our words, our actions, and our thoughts have cried out to God for vengeance. Jesus replies with love, love for us. As the god/man Jesus pays our debt, and does so with every drop of blood in Him. Think about this one event in His life, whenever life seems unfair. Think about His suffering, when the pain of our arthritis, migraines, ravages of cancer rack our bodies. He is suffering for us, because of us.

Crowning with Thorns –  The Third Mystery:

The scourging is over, but the inflicting of pain does not cease. Dressed in a dirty purple robe, a long reed is shoved into His bound hands, and sharp prickly thorns are pushed into his head, like a crown. sor crownTheir seems to be no end to the pain, the torture, the mockery. The mental abuse, here, is so easy to inflict. No strength is required, just verbal attacks. The mind of man seems to have endless ways of hurting someone. Here, these words of taunting, and mockery are used to cause more mental anguish, more despair, more devastation. He sits silently, accepting this because He, actually, loves these men who are beating Him. He loves you and me. What abuse do I feel that I am subjected to? What do people do that cause me mental suffering? What about my actions, how many of them cause pain to others? How sensitive am I towards others?

Carrying of the Cross –  The Fourth Mystery

He is condemned to die. He is made to carry the very instrument of His death. Let him feel the embarrassment, the taunting of the crowd as he passes by them. sor carryHis apostles have abandoned Him, in spite of the Transfiguration. Their own mortal fear has driven them away. Only Mary, John, some weeping women, and a reluctant Cyrene, are the only ones in the crowd who feel sympathy and sorrow for Him. This crowd, only a week earlier wanted to make Him their king, now they are excitedly anticipating His death. How easily the evil in the world can change our attitudes, our beliefs. Each of us needs to address what it is in our life that separates us from God. What prevents us from living how Jesus has shown us? Too easily, we give in to the whisperings within ourselves. We want the gratification. We want the pleasure. We want this way of living and not that. Stand in that crowd and explain to Him why we don’t want His way of life.

The Crucifixion –  The Fifth Mystery

At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “This is My Body. This is My Blood”. Here on Calvary the sacrifice to the Father is made. He gives up His life, Body and Blood, for us. The sacrifice is made for us, and the sacrament of the Mass perpetuates it for us. sor crucifixion As He hangs there on the cross, His life slowly slipping away, looking down His eyes fall upon His mother. (You know she is crying silently in her heart.) In still one more act of love for us, He tells Mary that she is now to be a mother to John. John, standing there for all of us, is told that he is to look to Mary and take care of her. Mary, the woman who bore Jesus, urged Him to perform His first miracle, and stands there at the foot of the cross, she is our key to her son’s heart. To Jesus Through Mary. Pray the Rosary.