Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Holy Week 2015, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries:The Scourging at the Pillar
The moment we stand up for something, we feel the first blows of disapproval. Those in the know round on us to tell us that we're wrong and beat us for it. Our Lord is beaten up for daring to challenge the assumed authority of the powers-that-be, powers who forget whence they receive power. They forget that they have no authority save that which is given them from above.
Our Lord's beating is to demonstrate the power of others over Him as they seek to reassert themselves over a preacher who makes wild claims about being the Son of God, that He can and does forgive sins that He can rebuild in three days a temple of God. Such arrogance must surely be stamped out and be seen to be stamped out lest the order of society be destroyed by such nonsense!
The Mystery here is that one man Who has the command of legions of angels, bows His back to the smiters and His cheeks to them that pluck off the hair, in order for that authority to be seen by men who love Him. Likewise, we too must bear the blows of a world who would have us reject the True King and Creator for a vague shadow of true reality with no real existence apart from Him.