The Agony in the Garden
When we sin, it doesn’t always feel that bad to us, because we’re used to sin so the true horror of sin is muted in our reflections upon it. Jesus as he prayed in the Garden, felt the burden of all our sins, every sin ever committed, past, present and future, was upon him and given his sinless nature, he felt the true horror of each and every one of them. And he still chose to suffer and die for us, so great was his love.
The Scourging at the Pillar
Pilate had Jesus scourged (beaten with whips with metal tips), even though he knew Jesus was guilty of no crime. Rather than placating the crowd, this only got their thirst for blood up. Similarly, we sometimes try to compromise with sin. We need to remember that even a small sin, is still a sin and leads to larger sins.
The Crowning with Thorns
The soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus mocking his claim of Kingship. We act the same when we claim to honor him, but act in an un-Christian manner.
The Carrying of the Cross
Jesus told the weeping women of Jerusalem: “[D]o not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.'” (Lk 23:28-29) If I fail to take advantage of the sacrifice Christ made for me, people will weep for me, and I will wish I had never been born.
The first person whose entry into Heaven was purchased by Christ’s death was that of a thief crucified next to him. Christ came to save sinners; he came to save me.
You possess many gifts, but patience isn’t one of them. You’re tough on yourself — and on others. You’re independent, too, and you don’t like to be told what to do. You wish the Church would be a little tighter in discipline. As for the pagans, you’ve pretty much written them off. Sometimes you think the Church would be a better place if you were in charge.
Not a bad Saint to be, overall.
Hat Tip: Jeff the Baptist
“Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners,and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.”
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.