While I was praying the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary, my mind was overtaken with some of my past sins. The kind that fill me with shame…the ones that linger in my mind every once in a while.
After a moment or two of feeling that guilt and shame, a vision that I had a few months ago (while saying the rosary) filled my being.
In this vision, I was the guilty one, and just about to be punished for my sins. I deserved it, for my sins were many. Jesus was bent over me, with his eyes firmly and lovingly set on mine. The whip started flying…I could hear the sound of the cords cutting through the air and feel them ripping into Jesus’ body. I could feel his spirit, smell his scent in the moist air and feel his body wince with every connection of that whip against his flesh. I felt tremendous fear, however, Jesus never broke His loving and merciful gaze that pierced straight into my soul. He lovingly protected me from each and every blow, and my body was never touched.
At that moment, I understood the amazing love that Jesus offers to me and all of us. He came to Earth to save us…to suffer in our place for the sins that we have committed and are still committing. He has placed Himself between us and our deserved punishment…and is still there for us.
He covers us in His love, mercy, and in His blood.
We must always remember, that when Jesus was beaten, blasphemed, mocked and crucified, these atrocities were not forced upon Him. He offered Himself for us. His life was not taken from Him…He offered His Body as atonement for our sins. His life was given.
Freely, and without reserve.
What are we willing to offer Him of ourselves?
That is something that we must all think about on this precious Friday, and on every day that we are blessed with.
What are we willing to offer Him?
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Luke 22:19-20
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed. Isaiah 53:5