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The Crowning with Thorns

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The Crowning with Thorns

“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!”‘ (Mt 27:27-29).

My Lord Jesus, as I meditate upon your crowning with thorns, I look at your beloved head as you stand in the praetorium.  No looks to attract the eye, so disfigured you look, that you seem no longer human… and so my eye comes to rest on the crown they have placed upon your sacred head.  It is true that they know not what they do, for they have crowned the one who is not only king of the Jews but of the whole of creation.  And yet where the finest of diamonds and jewels should be found, there are thorns.  O my Jesus, my love above all things, I see now that these sharp thorns are the jewels in your crown!  These piercing thorns symbolise the nails that will be driven through your flesh and into the wood of your cross.  O my beloved redeemer, as you stand silently in the praetorium, you teach us the meaning of suffering!  You wear in your crown the symbols of your victory – through suffering – over death.

Beloved Lord, let me learn from you.  Let me trust and never forget that there is nothing I can give to you that you can’t use for my good.  Help me to accept from your hands the crosses that come my way.  Help me to know that I never carry them alone, for you are always with me, Lord.  Help me to unite my little sufferings with your passion and cross, that they may become jewels in my crown and I, in turn, become a jewel in yours.

Amen.

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