The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Agony In The Garden
"After withdrawing about a stone's throw from
them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, 'Father,
if you are willing, take this cup away from
me; still, not my will but yours be done.'
(And to strengthen him an angel from heaven
appeared to him. He was in such agony and
he prayed so fervently that his sweat became
like drops of blood falling on the ground.)" (Luke 22:41-44)
A night of anguish fell on Him;
The weight of failed humanity.
He buckled; as all hope grew dim,
With faith, He drank His destiny.
The Scourging At The Pillar
"Pilate said to them, 'Why? What evil has
he done?' They only shouted the louder, 'Crucify
him.' So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,
released Barabbas to them and, after he had
Jesus scourged, handed him over to be crucified." (Mark 15:14-15)
The Lamb was lashed with whips and
His torn flesh fell horrendously.
For Love, to slaughter He was led
To suffer pain prodigiously.
The Crowning Of Thorns
"They stripped off his clothes and threw a
scarlet military cloak about him. Weaving
a crown out of thorns, they placed it on
his head, and a reed in his right hand. And
kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying,
'Hail, King of the Jews!' They spat upon
him and took the reed and kept striking him
on the head. And when they had mocked him,
they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him
in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify
him." (Matthew 27:28-31)
Our selfish pride, woven with thorn,
Disgraced the crown of mercy's King.
We answered His love with our scorn;
Our disdain dealt Him death's worst
The Carrying of the Cross
"Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.
So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross
himself * he went out to what is called the
Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha." (John 19:16-17)
Cross-beams of our tepidity --
Rough-hewn with doubt; splintered with
Weighed on Him. He struggled greatly;
With love's own strength, he'd persevere.
"And when they came to the place which is
called The Skull, there they crucified him,
and the criminals, one on the right and one
on the left. And Jesus said, 'Father, forgive
them; for they know not what they do.' And
they cast lots to divide his garments…It
was now about the sixth hour, and there was
darkness over the whole land until the ninth
hour, while the sun's light failed; and the
curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then
Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, 'Father,
into thy hands I commit my spirit!' And having
said this he breathed his last." (Luke 23: 33-34,44-46)
He forgave all who had a part.
With love, He breathed out His last
For love, the lance had pierced His
For love, He entered into death.
(c) Paul Buis, 2007