Friday, October 19

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Sorrowful Mystery, the Crowning with Thorns. “This cap was woven of thorn branches and in such a manner that many of the hard and sharp thorns would penetrate into the skull, some of them to the ears and others to the eyes.” (“The Mystical City of God” by Mary of Agreda) Here we see Jesus crowned. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. And this is the crown humanity weaves for Him, our Creator. “Humanity” includes us all, you and me both. In most works of art and every crucifix I’ve ever seen the crown of thorns is a circlet. Here it’s described as a cap. A close examination of the Shroud of Turin tells us that it was a cap. We leave nothing to chance with the crown we give Him. There is no room for relief, the entire Head is covered. Now, after our gift to Him of this crown, what do we do? If we’re Catholic we should be in a constant state of repentance because conversion is an ongoing process. Conversion, to accept and follow Christ, is a daily challenge. Being sorry for our sins is a first step, not the journey. People who are truly sorry do two things. First, they apologize. To apologize means more than to say “I’m sorry.” The offended party probably has that figured out already. To apologize means to admit we were wrong. That’s the first thing to do and we can do it often in confession. The second thing is to make amends if possible. “I was wrong, I admit it. Now, what can I do to make things right?” Knowing that He has already made things right for us on Calvary ought not stop us from offering and doing. We are told to “Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance.” Matthew 3:8. So we do penance and good works. Not because He needs these, but because we need to do them. Consider, and this is an analogy of sorts, that with every act of penance and with every good work you remove one thorn from His Head and relieve that much of the agony. Now the question becomes: “Today, how many thorns will I remove?” Or will we, by our sins and thoughtlessness, place more thorns in His crown?

Today … St. Cleopatra. One you may never have heard of. A widow in Palestine she rescued the remains of St. Varus who had been martyred in an earlier persecution. She took the relics to her home where she enshrined them. A church was dedicated to St. Varus. At about that same time St. Cleopatra’s young son died. Miraculously St. Varus came to comfort her. Some people may ask “Why bother with ‘saints’, people long dead and forgotten?” as though they no longer count because they’re no longer here in the flesh. We bother because they are not dead, they are alive and well in Christ Jesus, and because if He wills it they can be here again at any time as helpers. More importantly, we bother because being of the household of God they are family.

Think … “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~ Mother Teresa ~

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