The Crown of Thorns
What has always intrigued me about the Crowning of Jesus is how the soldiers intended it as a sarcastic, ironic, vicious symbol, filled with contempt and mockery.
And their attempt to mock Him actually glorified Him.
For He is crowned by thorns; He becomes King through ignominy and pain; His Kingdom is born of blood and vitriol - a greatness is expressed not in spite of this act of brutality and ridicule - but through it.
In much the same way, evil serves as an ever-present witness to Good. The very acts of those around us who take pains to tear down the Body of Christ is the most reliable indication that something very good survives and is hated.
Elsewhere on this blog - and all over on the internet - you will find venomous commenters arguing in bad faith and revealing by their very bile the hardness of their hearts and souls and the brightness of the light against which they fight. Just this week I gave one commenter enough rope that he not only hanged himself with it, but left himself dangling from a tree and swaying in the wind as a sign for all to see. God has designed it so that error and sin always serve as a witness to good.
In some mysterious way, the ovens at Auschwitz tell us more about the goodness of Christ and His crown of thorns than almost anything else in the modern world. So do the abortion clinics, which sooner or later reveal the demons that drive them. In spite of his best efforts, Satan always serves - against his will - as a witness to the Holy Trinity.
Let us pray a decade of the Rosary meditating upon the Crowning of Our Lord with Thorns, and the "mystery of iniquity" (2 Thes. 2:7) this event reveals. And let us pray ...
To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.