Rosary Musings: Third Sorrowful Mystery and Christ the King

The Third Sorrowful Mystery: the Crowning with Thorns

Caravaggio’s The Crowning with Thorns, found on Wikipedia

Matthew 27:27-31

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus with them into the Praetorium and collected the whole cohort round him. 28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet cloak round him, 29 and having twisted some thorns into a crown they put this on his head and placed a reed in his right hand. To make fun of him they knelt to him saying, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ 30 And they spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head with it. 31 And when they had finished making fun of him, they took off the cloak and dressed him in his own clothes and led him away to crucifixion.

interior of Liverpool’s cathedral

 Since today is the Feast of Christ the King, I find it very apropos that today’s Rosary Musing is the crowning with thorns.  This certainly isn’t the image most have of a king, and I find I have to really focus in meditating on Him as King.  It requires rethinking our ideas of kingship, and seeing here the King who willingly sacrifices Himself for us.  As much as the general architecture of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool may grate some, I do love the imagery of the crown of thorns over the altar, visually declaring that our King is there on the altar, in the Eucharist.  Viva Cristo Rey!

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