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Rosary Meditations
From Junior Shepherds of Christ Associate Meetings

JANUARY 18, 1996

The Agony in the Garden

  1. Put yourself in the presence of the Almighty God Who is truly present and in this room. Jesus is longing for us to love Him from our hearts. Make this rosary an act of love to Jesus.
  2. We do not realize how tenderly Jesus loves us. He waits and longs for us to come to be with Him. He wants us to tell Him how much we love Him.
  3. The world is so busy this day. So few people talk about Jesus. He is with us and He is alive.
  4. Think about His Passion. Think about Jesus kneeling in the garden alone. Think about the torture and the sufferings that He would undergo. When we think about these things, we realize more fully His love for us. He loved us so much that He gave His life for us.
  5. He wants the little children to come and to pray. Mary calls her little children to come to His Heart. She wants them to know His love.
  6. He felt agony in His Heart for all of the souls that He loved. For all time He would be rejected and treated so coldly by so many.
  7. He asked His Apostles to wait with Him and they fell asleep. How many of us today fall asleep when Jesus asks us to pray and be with Him?
  8. Jesus wants us to spend time talking to Him all through the day.
  9. Jesus' agony was so great that He sweat blood in the garden.
  10. We were created to know, love, and serve God. The greatest act that we can do on this earth is to love God.

The Scourging at the Pillar

  1. They took Jesus away and they tied Him to a pillar.
  2. They began to beat His precious flesh and Jesus bled.
  3. Think of how it would be to stand by and watch a man be beaten.
  4. Think of how it would be to stand by and to watch your best friend beaten and bloodied before your very eyes.
  5. Think of how it would be to watch as your best friend was beaten for your own offenses.
  6. Jesus, the Son of God, allowed Himself to be beaten for our sins. He could have at any moment stopped His attackers for He was God.
  7. Jesus wants us to meditate on His Passion. It is in meditating on His Passion we know  how much more He loves us.
  8. He loves us so much. He would suffer and die for us today.
  9. Do you have a friend that would give his life for you, that would stand in and allow himself to be beaten for your offenses? Think of how much Jesus loves us, that He was willing to do this for us.
  10. Hail Mary...

The Crowning with Thorns

  1. Our life is very hard sometimes and we struggle. Jesus wants us to think about His life and to see Him as He suffers all through the Passion. He shows us the way, the way is to follow Jesus.
  2. They pounded into Jesus' head sharp thorns.
  3. Jesus is the King of all kings and they crowned Him with sharp piercing thorns.
  4. Do we show love and respect for Jesus, the King of all kings?
  5. Do we realize that Jesus is as present in the tabernacle as He was the day He walked this earth?
  6. How do we treat Jesus? They spit on Jesus. Do we ever walk in front of the tabernacle and ignore Jesus? Jesus wants us to love Him and bow to Him.
  7. We see people talking right before the tabernacle in church. Jesus is waiting for us to come and talk to Him. He is God, truly present, and longing for our love.
  8. The King of kings sits on His throne in the tabernacle in every church. He is ignored and forgotten.
  9. Picture the men pounding the thorns into Jesus' head and spitting on Him. We say, "How could anyone do that to Jesus?"
  10. Jesus is truly present in the tabernacle. Look how He is treated by so many of those He loves.

Jesus Carries His Cross

  1. Many times today we are asked to make sacrifices. We know we should be kind when others are cruel to us. If we follow Jesus, we see He loved those who persecuted Him. He loved those who crowned His head with thorns and who whipped Him at the pillar.
  2. Jesus wants to live in us. He wants to give His love to others through us. We are giving His love to others. We must love when they persecute us.
  3. Many surrounded Jesus. They condemned Jesus to death. We suffer persecution sometimes when we talk about Jesus and His love for all of us. We are ridiculed.
  4. We must pray to the Holy Spirit to be strong soldiers. We must carry the cross as Jesus carried the cross. We must always act in love.
  5. They gave Jesus a heavy cross that He carried on His back.
  6. It was so heavy that He collapsed under the cross.
  7. His Mother walked by His side. She saw her beloved Son fall under the cross and she was not able to help Him.
  8. Her eyes met His eyes and she saw His face covered with blood. He saw her face, so red and filled with such sorrow.
  9. He asks us to carry the cross today. The world tells us that we should not have struggles. Jesus shows us that the way to follow Him is to pick up our crosses. When we are carrying our crosses, we must still act lovingly.
  10. Jesus wants the youth to pray. Jesus wants us to know about His life. He wants us to model our lives after His life. We should ask ourselves if Jesus would act as we are now acting.

A special meditation before the Glory Be:

It is hard to be a young person in the world today. Many people in the world are committing sins. We must pray to God to help us to know, love, and serve Him better.

Jesus fell three times under the weight of the cross.

Jesus Is Crucified and Dies on the Cross

  1. Think of someone pounding nails into our hands and feet!
  2. Jesus was the sacrifice offered to the Father for our sins.
  3. He died that we could share in His life.
  4. It is in Baptism that we become sharers in His divine life.
  5. The price that Jesus paid for this life was the gift of Himself.
  6. Mary stood under the cross and watched her Son give Himself for us.
  7. Mary is the Mother of the Eucharist. We receive Jesus. He gives Himself to us in Holy Communion. This is such a gift. God gives Himself to man.
  8. This is a love relationship between God and man. He gives Himself to us and we give ourselves to Him.
  9. We can trust Jesus. If we look at the crucifix, we see how much Jesus loves us. He came to this earth. He gave Himself as a sacrifice that we would share in His life.
  10. The price He paid was His life. When we go to the Eucharist today, we should tell Him how much we love Him. When we go to the Eucharist today, we should thank Him for dying for us. We should thank Him for giving Himself to us today.

A special meditation before the Glory Be:

This is a rosary from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary given for the youth of this world.

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