Crown Of Thorns
"Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me,
because I am meek, and humble of heart:
and you shall find rest to your souls.
For my yoke is sweet and my burden light."
Meditating upon the suffering Jesus experienced when the crown of thorns was placed upon his head will teach you to accept suffering in your life.
After Jesus was brought before Pilate and scourged, the wicked soldiers mocked Him and placed a crown made of thorns upon His head.
This crown of thorns Jesus wore was excruciatingly painful and this sad event in the life of Jesus is recalled in the third of the Scriptural Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
Below are some Gospel accounts that will help you as you meditate on the suffering Jesus in your scriptural Rosary...
"And the soldiers led him away into the court of the palace, and they called together the whole band." -Mark 15:16
"And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews. And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head." -Matthew 27:28-30
"Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith to them: Behold, I bring him forth unto you, that you may know that I find no cause in him. (Jesus therefore came forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment.) And he saith to them: Behold the Man." -John 19:4-5
The Bible passages used for this scriptural rosary mystery were taken from the timeless Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.
If you are looking for a more modern language version of this mystery, our recommendation would be the
St. Ignatius Press Bible.
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Delvelop Courage By Meditating
Upon The Crown Of Thorns
"And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him;
the spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the spirit of counsel and of fortitude,
the spirit of knowledge and of godliness."
Developing courage will help you face life's struggles bravely the way Jesus faced without fear of the cruel mockery of his executioners'
The fruit of this mystery is moral courage. The word courage actually comes from the Latin word for virtue.
A definition for the word virtue is manly strength or courage.
So the courage you are to develop in response to the this mystery, the crown made of thorns Jesus was forced to wear, is best described as the mental strength that allows you to face without fear...
difficulties of life
moral and physical danger
both physical and emotional pain
I interviewed a priest once and one of the questions I asked him was which of the virtues did he rely on most in his vocation as a parish priest.
His answer surprised me, but it shouldn't have.
He answered: Fortitude.
Fortitude is courage.
Fortitude disposes you to do what is good in spite of any difficulty.
My interview with the priest greatly impressed me. At the time I didn't have a
very good grasp of what fortitude was, but since then I have discovered that fortitude is a key virtue to peace in any state of life.
Everyone needs the courage to do the better thing and to keep persevering in serving God and faithfully fulfilling ones duties.
I hope this mystery of the scriptural rosary, the Crowning of Thorns will impress you also, to develop the virtue of courageous fortitude.
You can find many good books on living a virtuous life and developing the virtue of courage in particular.
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