Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
by Fr. Peter deSousa
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Matthew 27:27-31
Jesus is King. He is King of a Kingdom of love and mercy that has
outlasted all the Kingdoms of Egypt, Greece, Rome that were powerful
in Biblical times and a host of other kingdoms since then. It is a
kingdom that is not of this world, so the world cannot comprehend it.
It is a kingdom, where the cross is a throne and the scarlet of his
blood was the colour of royal robes.
So the crown of thorns rammed into his head is in keeping with the
rest of the scenario. Terrible pain, humiliation, mockery, scorn,
helplessness, abandonment, ingratitude add to his misery.
There are many victims of injustice, cruelty, power, greed, lust and
anger, who are battered and broken on the crosses of daily life.
Innocent children, helpless women, poor and illiterate folk who do not
know their rights or are powerless to seek and receive redress, come
to my mind. We can and should pray for them and do what we can to come
to their assistance.
In such moments, we see that our world of money, power and comfort is
as empty as a gas balloon. Good time friends disappear as fast as the
air that escapes when the balloon is burst. But his kingdom lasts
forever. Each one of us is anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit
to make that kingdom of justice and love a reality now and to offer
our services to make it break through into our sorry world.
There is no crown without a cross, we are told by the lives of the
saints who walked in the footsteps of Jesus. May that crown also be
ours as we persevere in our faith and do not lose hope and courage in
moments of trial.
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