You have noticed that throughout Lent, I have been reciting the Sorrowful Mysteries when we pray the Rosary after (before) Mass. One of the points that comes to mind when I pray the Sorrowful Mysteries is that beginning with the Agony in the Garden through the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus things go from bad to worse to the worst. In his love for the Father and for us, Jesus prayed in the garden that the Father’s will be done. The agony quickly changes from mental anguish to injustice and physical suffering. The Scourging at the Pillar is followed by the mockery of the soldiers who cruelly Crown Him with Thorns. Then Jesus has the cross placed on His shoulders, a piece of wood that will torment Him to His last physical breath. Finally injustice and evil have their day as He dies on the cross.
We are coming to the Lenten Season and look forward to the Easter Season. You, like me, may be looking forward to this change. After all, we know how the story of Jesus’ passion, suffering and death is going to end…His resurrection…His ascension into heaven! Yet, we still wait for Easter to arrive…still observing our Lenten disciplines. Many of the world don’t get it…why go through it…let’s skip Lent and just have Easter. (After all, didn’t Jesus die once…and for all?) The world, as usual, misses the point of this season. Lent not only prepares us for Easter…it also prepares us for life itself. We, in the 21st century, are like Jesus in the garden too…knowing our end to this life is an ultimate reality. Why go through it? Because the Father looks to how we will respond…Thy will be done or my will be done? And, just as we meditate on our sorrowful mysteries of life…we (in faith) know how our story is going to end. Though Jesus…we look forward to our own resurrection and ascension into heaven…we only have to get though our pilgrim life journey.
As we can meditate on these realities with hope and inspiration…because…we know the crucifixion and all the evil and injustice that surrounded it was defeated by what we reflect on in the Glorious Mysteries: the Resurrection, Ascension, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Assumption of Mary and Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. By our faithful and trust in the Father, we look forward to our Eldest Brother to crown us the princes and princesses of the Heaven and Earth.