The sorrowful mysteries… (cont’d, #3)

crown of thornsAfter the scourging at the pillar, Jesus is taken to be further mocked, humiliated and humbled…

Third Sorrowful Mystery

(reference: ‘The Rosary: Joy . Light . Sorrow . Glory’, fourth edition 2004;
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The Crowning with Thorns

crowning of thorns- altar piece 1490


“They crowned Him with thorns”




Scripture reading (cf Matthew 27;27-31)
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before him.  And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand.  And kneeling before him they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.  And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.

The scarlet of his cloak mingles with the blood from the lashes and blows of the scourges.  It glows brightly like the flame of his redeeming love.  Jesus might have chosen for himself the most precious and glorious of all crowns, but he preferred to let them force a crown of thorns down hard on his head.  He chose to become our King through his total obedience to the Father’s will.  The Shepherd has become the Lamb.  The Ruler of all is the Man of sorrows.  The New Adam, the Father of the new humanity, stands defenceless as a child.

Jesus Christ, in our society great harm is inflicted upon so many innocent souls.  May your mighty arm protect them, your Good Samaritan’s hands bind up their wounds, and your merciful gaze bring peace to their hearts.  Amen.


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