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LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE TO BE IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF IT

Matthew 27:27-30

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

(Isaiah 50:4-11; Mark 15:16-20; Luke 22:63-65; John 19:1-15)

27 Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band;

28 And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him.

29 And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews.

30 And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head.

 
Having endured the cruel torments of His scourging, Our Lord was led back to Pilate. But before delivering Him over to Pilate, the soldiers wished to have one last laugh at His expense. In mockery of the accusation against Him, the soldiers dressed Jesus in a scarlet robe, placed a sceptre in His hand, pressed a crown of thorns on His Head, and “bowed” before Him in adoration. Having reached the depths of depravity, they mercilessly beat Him again with the sceptre – driving the thorns deeper into His brow.

What cruel irony – the King of Glory was being mocked as if He was no king. But rather than call His own soldiers – ten thousand legions of angels – to His aid, He humbly and silently endured their mocking. 

The King who deserved to be crowned with the finest gold and precious stones was instead crowned with our curse – the First Adam felt the pain of sin’s curse every time he tread upon a thorn (Gen 3:17-18); the Last Adam now felt the pain of sin’s curse upon His Brow.
Every time that we sin, it is as if we ourselves are pressing the thorny crown deeper into Our Saviour’s Holy Brow. So, may we learn by this Mystery to flee from sin; and even if this attracts the mockery of the world, may we humbly unite the ridicule we experience to the most ridiculous mockery that ever took place in human history – when Our Lord was crowned with thorns.
Our Father......

1.  The soldiers now led Jesus away into the hall known as the Praetorium; at the time they assembled the 
whole cohort.  (Mk. 15: 16)  - 
Hail Mary...

2.  They dressed him in royal purple, then wove a crown of thorns and put it on him.  (Mk. 15: 17)
Hail Mary...

3.  They began to salute him, All hail!  King of the Jews!  (Mk. 15: 18)  - Hail Mary...

4.  Continually striking Jesus on the head with a reed and spitting at him, they genuflected before him and 
pretended to pay him homage.  (Mk. 15: 19)  - 
Hail Mary...

5.  Pilate said to the crowd:  "Observe what I do.  I am going to bring him out to you to make you realize that I 
find no case against him."  (Jn. 19: 4)  - 
Hail Mary...

6.  When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak, Pilate said to them, "Look at the 
man!"  (John 19: 5)  - Hail Mary...


7.  As soon as the chief priests and the temple guards saw him they shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
(Jn. 19: 6)  - Hail Mary...


8.  "Why, what crime has he committed?"  asked Pilate.  They only shouted the louder, "Crucify him!"
(Mk. 15: 14)  - Hail Mary...


9.  Pilate said to the Jews, "Look at your king!"  (Jn. 19: 14)  - Hail Mary...

10.  In the end, Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified.  (Jn. 19: 16)  - 
Hail Mary...


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
 
 

Mockery is an attack on the dignity of another person, and Jesus suffered it in silent solidarity with all of those who have borne it throughout all of time. In this case, the mockery was joined with torture suffered in a hidden place where no one except his tormentors could find him. In our times, too, there are thousands, perhaps millions of people, who live hidden away in captivity – in jails, in slavery, in war zones, in places of torture, or even in homes – and whose cries for help go unheard by the rest of the world. They find themselves completely at the mercy of their captors, who attack them in soul and body with mockery and torture. Why does man do this to man?  What is it inside him that drives him to pour out such hatred and venom on a defenseless victim? It is like an accumulation of evil inside, and evil flourishes where love is lacking. Then, all too often, the tortured and abused become the next generation of torturers. But Jesus puts the vicious cycle to an end: he takes the worst, most hideous and demonic acts of aggression and extinguishes the evil in his merciful heart. He becomes a fountain of healing for both the tortured and the torturers. In this mystery, we can pray especially for people who suffer abuse, and also for those who inflict it on them.

Second Sorrowful Mystery - The Scourged at the Pillar

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery - Jesus Carries His Cross
 
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