Every day of October I’ve been posting a free coloring page of a mystery of the rosary. Today I’ve got for you the third sorrowful mystery, the crowning of thorns coloring page.
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And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.
Jesus was mocked, being taunted as a king with a royal color robe, a crown of thorns and a reed was given to him. None of this was even part of the punishment. This was just extra pain they wanted to inflict upon him. Catholics believe in redemptive suffering; that is that our suffering in this life can be united with the suffering of Christ. This provides us with some consolation in that we gain our strength from Jesus’s strength in his sufferings, but also that our suffering can be used for good when we offer them up. The crowning of thorns, while physically painfully, was hugely emotionally painful as well. He was being mocked, taunted, spat on by the people around him. I think when we are in physical pain, it is easier to remember redemptive suffering. But sometimes when we are going through an emotional or intellectual suffering, it can be easy to forget to unite it with Christs’. Let this mystery be a reminder that Christ not only suffered in body, but also in mind and emotions. We can unite all our suffering with Christs’ suffering, even if its a torture we only feel internally.
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