Friday, November 23

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Sorrowful Mystery, the Crowning with Thorns. In this Mystery we see Christ the King receive an earthly crown. The crowning of a king is normally a joyous occasion. But not this time. Oh, the people who crowned Him, and the ones watching, no doubt took great joy in it. The world does that. Its perversity reveals itself in the sort of things it takes joy in. Here was the One who had driven the merchants out of the temple. See today’s Gospel reading, Luke 19:45-48. In the eyes of the world He was nothing but a trouble maker. According to the worlds way of thinking He deserved this crown, He had brought it on Himself. People praying outside an abortion mill are harassed verbally and physically. They’re trouble makers, they bring this on themselves, they deserve such treatment. Being a thorn in the side of the world brings retribution. A crown of thorns. Bishops take a moral stand for true marriage. The world calls them bigots, ignorant old men who are sexually repressed and take this aberration of theirs out on others. And they are crowned. The Church stands for religious freedom and is accused of forcing its morality on others. We see a crown of thorns being woven. Jesus was given His crown of thorns by Roman soldiers, government lackeys. The religious looked on, quietly approving. Today certain “religious” look on, but not so quietly. Certain “believers” seem to take great pleasure in attacking their own. The Church is the Body of Christ. When they crown it? They crown Him all over again. When you look at Jesus wearing His crown of thorns consider that, if you’re a real Catholic, you’re in all probability looking at what YOU have to look forward to. Luke 23:31.

Today … St Wilfretrudis. A Benedictine abbess and niece of St. Gertrude. Think about it. In charge of a convent and the niece of a saint. “Why can’t you be more like Gertrude?” “Why did the abbess do THAT when its obvious she should’ve done THIS?” “Why doesn’t she fill-in-the-blank?” Why not, why this, why that, how come, when will, where will. You know, being Wilfretrudis probably had its downside. We often think of being a saint in glorious terms. And that’s not a bad way to view it so long as we keep in mind that sainthood comes by way of accepting the thorns gifted us by others and by picking out those thorns that are our own.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary … She was related to St. Gertrude which means she was also related to St. Wilfretrudis. They were related to St. Matilda also. Must’ve been some family. St. Elizabeth said: “How could I bear a crown of gold when the Lord bears a crown of thorns? And bears it for me!”

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