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Understand Suffering Like
Jesus' Crowning With Thorns
To Achieve Peace In Your Life

"If doing well you suffer patiently; this is thankworthy before God.
For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving you an example that you should follow his steps."
-1Peter 2:20-21

Catholic Rosary Myteries

By meditating upon jesus' Crowning With Thorns you will come to see that suffering must be understood before peace can be grasped.

When meditating on Jesus' Crown of thorns, the third of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, you may find it helpful to listen to some uplifting music or look at a picture of the suffering Jesus thorn crown.

Keep in mind as you read this account that the fruit of the mystery is moral courage.

As if it wasn't bad enough having Jesus Scourged, the cruel soldiers mocked Him and crowned Him with thorns.

They clothed Him in a scarlet robe, the color of royalty.

Then they pressed upon Jesus thorn crown.

They placed a reed into His right hand and made fun of His Divine Kingship.

Mocking Him all the while with their pretend coronation.

The inhumane executioners pranced around Jesus shouting in jest, "Hail King of the Jews" and mockingly they bowed down before Him.

They taunted Him and took the reed from His hand and struck His head with it.

His own blood blinded Him as it trickled into His Eyes.

How those agonizing blows made Jesus suffer compounding the throbbing pain caused by the crown of thorns upon His head.

Three out of the four Gospels recount this sorrowful event in the life of Jesus.

Jesus being crowned with thorns is one of the sorrowful events in the life of Jesus that it makes your heart sigh that they would treat Jesus as such.

The Bible passages for the Crowning With Thorns were taken from the timeless Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.

If you are looking for a more modern language version of the Crowning With Thorns, our recommendation would be the St. Ignatius Press Bible.

The exact Bible text can be found in Mark 15:16, Matthew 27:28-30 and John 19:4-5.

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Crowning With Thorns...

"Come to me, all you that labour,
and are burdened, and I will refresh you."
-Matthew 11:28

Catholic Rosary Mysteries

You will find at different times in your life, different things will inspire you. Something that you dismissed today may seem profound to you in a week, a month or even in years to come.

Below you will find some more reflections on the Crowning With Thorns mystery of the rosary.

Return often to this page when you are praying the Sorrowful Mystery of the rosay - The Crowning With Thorns. Make sure you bookmark this page so you can find it easily...

You can also contribute your own meditations on this Rosary mystery by going here...

Below are some meditations to think about as you pray...

Jesus was mocked and crowned with thorns after He was punished by a scourging.

The crowning with thorns was not part of the "lawful" punishment nor was it part of His sentence.

Even though not present, Pilate was responsible for this outrage and mockery.

Let this serve as a reminder that you are guilty not only for what you personally do but also for what you allow.

The soldiers stripped Jesus of His garments.

This caused great pain as all the wounds from the scourging were reopened.

The sins of thought: unbelief, pride, rash judgment, impure thoughts, needless worry, these are the sins that Jesus was making amends for when He was crowned with thorns.

"And he that received the seed among thorns, is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choketh up the word, and he becometh fruitless." -Matthew 13:22

A crown of thorns; just imagine for a moment the pain that would shoot through the body as it is placed upon the head.

Many of the thorns were purposely turned inward.

Immediately blood flowed from His head into His eyes and ears.

Just imagine the horror of it all.

The reed that was given to Jesus was a mockery.

But He truly is King.

His scepter is that of a good shepherd Who guides and comforts His sheep.

When Jesus was taunted He made no reply.

Don't be hasty in your replies to accusations and criticism.

Follow Jesus' example and avoid hasty speech.

"And let every man be swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to anger." -James 1:19

Jesus was covered in wounds from His scourging and now from the crown of thorns worn upon His head.

These wounds caused much suffering.

He very likely had a fever and was quite thirsty.

But He would find no peace nor refreshment until His act of redemption was accomplished.

"There is no beauty in him" -Isias 53:2

This prophesy was fulfilled during Jesus' crowning with thorns when He was spat upon and His face was disfigured by this brutal torture.

It is good to keep yourself attractive and well kept but it is wrong to become vain and obsessed with your physical appearance.

The torment and abuse Jesus suffered from the cruel blows, He suffers again when His Vicar, the Pope in Rome is attacked or when the Church is persecuted.

Just five days ago the crowd cheered Jesus' triumphant arrival in Jerusalem, now those cheers have turned into the bloodthirsty clamor of "crucify him, crucify him."

The will of the people changes with the tide.

Don't fall for fads, stay steadfast in your faith and remember, there is an absolute truth and His name is Jesus.

"Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life." -John 14:6

Jesus is now crowned in glory, but the agonizing crown of thorns came first.

The same is true for you.

You must suffer before you can triumph...

"As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love his coming." -2Timothy 4:8

The crowning with thorns brings to mind the Catholic concept of redemptive suffering.

When a person is baptized they share in the priesthood of Jesus. In this sense they make sacrifices. A sacrifice is making an offering.

Because not all Catholics are ordained priests the only thing they have to offer is themselves...

  • you offer yourself
  • you offer your joys
  • you offer your works
  • and yes, you offer your sufferings
This is how you imitate Jesus.

You take up your cross and accept the sufferings that come your way and in turn offer them as a sacrifice with Jesus because without His sacrifice of Himself on the cross your sacrifices are meaningless.

But if your sufferings are united to His, you help build up the Body of Christ.

Prayer After Meditation On
Jesus' Crown With Thorns...

Finding Of the Child Jesus Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, Thou truly art the King of Kings and are now crowned in Glory.

Thank you for suffering the horrible crown of thorns for love of me. Please forgive me all my sins especially those committed in my thoughts and for the times I lacked the courage to follow you.

Please send me the graces I need to courageously follow you despite the popular opinions of society.


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Catholic Mysteries Of The Rosary

Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from St. Luke's Gospel in the New Testament. They involve the joyful events of Jesus' childhood. The most joyful event in all of human history is the Incarnation or when God became man and dwelt among us read more...

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
What a gift the the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are. Meditating on these Mysteries of Light bring even deeper understanding of the public life of Jesus. They fill in the blanks between Jesus' childhood and His suffering and death on the cross. Therefore read more...

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary remind you of how much Jesus loves you. He suffered and died for you. "Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -John 15:13. You are loved by Jesus read more...

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries are the crown of Jesus' triumphs. How exhilarating to know that Jesus is God and that He rose from the dead, making you an heir to Heaven. Reminding yourself of these glorious events as you pray the Rosary prayer will keep your faith alive and strong read more...

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Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end. Amen.
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