Is crowning excusable? … Friday, June 14

English: A crown of thorns in the stores of Be...

Jesus was crowned with thorns and the crowd was pleased. Why? Because being caught up in the moment they believed the gossip.

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Sorrowful Mystery, the Crowning with Thorns. “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.”
Pope John Paul II.

They used a mock trial and manipulated a politician, Pilate, to get what they wanted. On the surface, if a person didn’t dig to deep, the thing almost looked righteous. To a stranger it would have probably looked like a criminal getting what he had coming to him. It’s easy to rationalize and justify. That’s all an excuse is really. A rationalization and a justification, a perverse mental exercise that lets us get away with murder. Or crowning someone who “deserves” it. Jesus did and does deserve a crown, just not this one. How many times do we make excuses so that we can “crown” somebody who doesn’t deserve it? We pass along “useful, needed information”. That’s what the people did with Pilate. They let him know what they thought he needed to know. They just left out certain details. That’s not a lie, is it? Or is it? Well, what ever else it is or isn’t it IS gossip. Lots of innocent people get crowned by gossip. Many of the people in the crowd who were unaware of the facts and could’ve checked but didn’t (its easy to get caught up in the moment), believed the gossip. Gossip poisons the minds of those who don’t know better and, in a way, they get a crowning all their own because the gossip and the gossiper feeds them a poisonous lie. And to them this mock crowning probably seemed justified. Just some criminal getting his just deserts. And when we listen to what the crowd says and give assent to it, who do we crown? Is the crowning, via rationalization and the justification that goes hand in hand with it, excusable? What do we do to ourselves and others? Who gets “crowned” really?

Today …

St. Anastasius XVII

And so … “The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next.  The power of the rosary is beyond description.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen.