Enough is never enough … Tuesday, May 28

English: Jesus Christ crowned with thorns.

Jesus Christ crowned with thorns. But it wasn’t enough.

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Sorrowful Mystery, the Crowning with Thorns. “Then he handed Him over to be crucified. And so they took Jesus and led Him away.” John 19:26. Have you ever noticed that, so far as the world is concerned, enough is never enough? Jesus has just been crowned with thorns after having been beaten. He has just suffered through a mock trial that broke nearly every, if not every, Jewish law pertaining to crime and punishment. And during all of this He had been mocked and derided by His own people and the Romans. For someone not guilty, for someone Who had done nothing but good, for someone Who had, at worst, made enemies amongst the self-righteous, you’d think all of this, Him standing before them beaten and wearing a crown of thorns, would be enough. But the world doesn’t work that way. There is never enough gold or power or bombs or drugs or sex or alcohol or murdered babies or fill-in-the-blank. And that’s because sin is all about “me” and “me” is all about what “I” want and “I” always want MORE. Self, self-centered, self- absorbed, self-interest, self-serving, anything and everything but self-control. For the world enough is never enough. Offer this decade of the Rosary that excess stop, and that thorns be plucked OUT rather than shoved IN.

Today … Blessed Robert Johnson was an English martyr. Born in Shropshire, England, he was a servant before he went to study at Rome and Douai, France, receiving ordination in 1576. Returning to the English mission, he served in the area of London for four years, until his arrest. Robert was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn with Blesseds Thomas Ford and John Short. Robert was beatified in 1886. If enough wasn’t enough to satisfy the world with Jesus none of us, as His followers, needs to expect anything less. Just ask Blessed Robert.

Quote … “Politics is a noble activity. We should revalue it, practise it with vocation and a dedication that requires testimony, martyrdom, that is to die for the common good.” Pope Francis I