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  • Writer's pictureR.C. VanLandingham

The Scourging at the Pillar

This is day 36 of my 40 day Lenten blog.

Of all the Sorrowful Mysteries it is the scourging that emotionally impacts me the most. I think it is because I can so easily visualize myself whipping Jesus with the cat o' nine tails.

I hold the whip and I give Him each lash with anger and pleasure. I enjoy punishing Him because He deserves it. Why does He deserve it? What has He done to warrant such a terrible fate? He has dared to tell me not to sin. But I want to sin. I love sin. And so with each lash of the cat I show Him that I don't care what He thinks. HE is bad, not me. HE deserves to be punished, not me. I beat Him and beat Him, tearing at His flesh. That will teach Him not to tell me what to do.

Each bloody stripe on His back represents a sin I have committed. Each time I commit a sin, the whip strikes. But I don't care. If I truly cared I would stop beating Him. But I don't stop beating Him. Not a day goes by when I don't lash Him. I have whipped Him so much that He is now in a pool of blood, unable to stand under His own power.

As I look at Him in such a sorrowful state, I finally realize what I have done. I finally realize that He did NOT deserve to be scourged. I did. I deserved it for all my evil. For all the ways I have hurt people. Then I see His mother staring at Him, His beaten and bloody body, weeping bitterly. I realize that I am not only the cause of His pain, but of hers, too. And by the time I get to the last Hail Mary, I am often weeping along with her.

Today's prayer: Jesus forgive me.

R.C. VanLandingham lives in Florida with his wife and kids.He is the author of several books including the Christian fantasy books Peter Puckett & The Amulet of Eternity, Peter Puckett & the Enchanted Chalice, and Magdalene Hope & the Elves of Evermore.

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