Topic: The Third Sorrowful Mystery & Profound Humility – The Crowning with Thorns
(In honor of the month of the Precious Blood)
?Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, they mocked him, saying, ?Hail, King of the Jews!? They spat upon him and took the reed and kept striking him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify him.? – Matthew 27: 29-31
?Let us consider the things of this world in which we are apt to take a vain delight. One may pride himself on his robust health and bodily strength, another on the science, knowledge, eloquence and other gifts that he has acquired through study and art. Another pride himself upon his wealth and possessions; another upon his nobility and rank; another upon his moral virtues, or other virtues which bring him spiritual grace and perfection: but must not all these gifts be regarded as so many benefits proceeding from God?? – Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo, Humility of Heart, (Tan Books)
Father Mary Cajetan Mary da Bergamo, the author of Humility of Heart asks ?Do you thank God for the many blessings which you are constantly receiving from Him ? from your very heart, with true humility?”
Today I will practice one act of humility by remembering any gift I have comes from God. I will begin to imitate Our Lord?s humility shown in the Crowning of Thorns and Our Lady?s Profound Humility.
Should I be surprised to find opportunities to practice humility? When I really think of Our Lord?s crowning with thorns, how can I be surprised that I might be asked to endure a humiliation? What does Our Lady teach me regarding humility? Why is Our Lady mentioned so few times in the Gospel of St. John? Didn?t Our Lord entrust the care of His Mother to the Beloved Disciple? Venerable Mary of Agreda, offers this explanation:
Our Lady was so humble that she asked St. John to strike her name from his writings unless he was absolutely unable to do otherwise. This is an expression of her Profound Humility.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.
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