Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Crowning With Thorns

The Third Sorrowful Mystery

So Pilate asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He answered him and said, "It is as you say."
 Luke 23:3

"And the soldiers led him away into the court of the palace, and they called together the whole band: And they clothe him with purple, and platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon him."

Mark 16:16,17

My Jesus, they crowned You with the crown of thorns after the scourging. They wrapped You in a scarlet military cloak and made a fool of You-those who were near You. For, Your friends were far away!

When hatred starts forging evil plans, then it is not likely to stop. It was not enough for them to have scourged You so murderously and now they go on mocking You and crowning You with the crown of thorns. But this time, to hatred and evil were surprised before You. You remained calm in all Your suffering. They saw in Your behavior that You understood even those who treated You like that. And even more: that You loved them and that You did not condemn them. But their wickedness had no limits. That is what happens when evil has affected a man or woman, a family, a community. Then it never stops destroying. Jesus, look upon all the offended and the humiliated, the scorned and the rejected. Redeem them with Your crown of thorns and under the grindstone of torturers and oppressors. Cleanse their heart of every hatred. Do not let them plan revenge and return evil with evil. Jesus, in Your name, let forgiveness spread. 1

1 Fr. Slavko Barbaric, O.F.M, Pray With the Heart

For Moral Courage:
I ask prayers this day for an 18 year old girl I met yesterday who is considering an abortion. May all the mighty prayer warriors in heaven and earth protect her and her unborn child through intercessory prayer today. In Jesus name, Amen


Sr. Ann Marie said...

I will pray for this young woman and her child also.

kam said...

My prayers will be with her. Abortion is never far from my thoughts. I lost a child that way once, a long time ago.
At times hatred can be stopped, I've seen the right words diffuse certain situations but I think people have to have one ear open, waiting for those words. Most of the time, in todays world peoples thoughts and feelings are like dry grass, and satan is there with fire to turn his hate into ours. As the Most Holy of Days approaches let us keep all this in prayer, and pray especially for those who do not believe.

Daily Grace said...

Thank you for sharing this KAM. I will hold these prayers close to heart this Holy Week for those who do not believe in God and for those that do not yet know Him and I give thanks to Almighty God for the many wonderful prayer warriors He has blessed us with.

Anne said...

DG, I join in prayer.