“Lord, lord, why won’t we do what you say?” … Friday, December 28

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Sorrowful Mystery, the Crowning with Thorns. “And plaiting a crown of thorns they put it upon His head, and a reed into His right hand.” Matthew 27:29. I suppose we could call this Mystery a “Coronation of a Different Sort”. The Roman soldiers “worshiped” Him at this point. I mean that they paid Him homage, gave Him the respect due a king. And in all honesty the world is still doing this. Ever notice how some give the Kingship of Jesus lip service when it suits their needs? If it gets votes, or gives someone an edge at the polls, or spikes an individuals popularity, at that point they’re all for Jesus. But later, well, why call Him “Lord, lord” and then not do what He says? Luke 6:46. This is every bit as insulting as what the Romans did. But that’s the way the world operates. Our job, as Catholics, is to set a better example. We can argue doctrine and morality until the cows come home but unless we live it we’re doing the same thing those soldiers did. Paying false homage, mock worship. But we aren’t going to do that. We’ve been given a better Spirit. 1 Corinthians 3:16. And setting a good example isn’t as hard a job as it seems. It’s just something we need to take in small increments. The soldiers took their time putting that crown of thorns together, otherwise they’d have wounded themselves. We can learn a lesson from them and take our time off-setting the mockery of the world by doing the next right thing, one small thing at a time.

Today … St. Anthony the Hermit. Born about circa 468 at Valeria in Lower Pannonia. When he was eight years old his father died and he was placed in the care of St. Severinus. After Severinus passed away, an uncle, Bishop Constantius of Lorsch in Bavaria, raised him. While in Bavaria Anthony became a monk. He returned to Italy in 488 and joined Marius and his followers as a hermit at Lake Como. However, he gained so many disciples that he was forced to flee. Anthony then went to Lerins in Gaul and became a monk there. He lived for only two years at Lerins before his death, renowned for his miracles and spirituality. I think, after having been around all those saints and saintly people, just about anyone would want to run off to a hermitage. Ever notice how really good people get on everyone’s nerves? Maybe Anthony decided that if you can’t beat ’em you might as well join them. It’s as easy as doing the next right thing, one thing at a time. Do you know someone that you’d like to get on their nerves? Well, here’s your chance. 😉

Consider … “Hermits have no peer pressure.

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