The Rosary,” wrote Blessed Pope John Paul II, “precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning.”
Pope Paul VI wrote that “without [this contemplation,] the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation is in danger of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas and of going counter to the warning of Christ: ‘And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words’ (Mt 6:7).’”
Because of this, it is vital that Christians familiarize themselves with the Scriptures in order to meditate on the mysteries of the life of Christ.
Below is the second sorrowful mystery. To see other mysteries, click here.
The Scourging (Matthew 27:26)
Jesus, having now been arrested, was sent to Pontius Pilate who after questioning him and finding not guilt in him, hoped to free Jesus through the custom of releasing one prisoner on the feast of the Passover. Having been given the option between Jesus and a man named Barabbas, they crowds chose Barabbas, who is described in the Gospels as a murderer (Lk 23:19), and a robber (Jn 18:40). After this Pilate had Jesus scourged.
We see in Wisdom, chapter two a prophecy of the hatred and cruelty displayed in the scourging at the pillar:
“Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training.
He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. He became to us a reproof of our thoughts; the very sight of him is a burden to us,because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange.
We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father.
Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; for if the righteous man is God’s son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance.
The mystery of the scourging at the pillar reminds Christians that they were not created for comfort but for heaven. “The world will offer you comfort,” said Pope Benedict XVI, “but you were not made for comfort you were made for greatness.”
In denying our flesh certain goods such as food, entertainment, fine clothes etc. We prepare ourselves to face greater trials which require us to be self-sacrificing.