July 24th — The Fourth Shedding of the Precious Blood. 

July 24th — The Fourth Shedding of the Precious Blood.

1.  After the scourging the soldiers devised a fresh torture for the Son of God.  They wove of the spiny branches of the thorn a sort of helmet or crown of thorns, and put it on His head, pressing it down with their spears.  The long sharp thorns pierce through the flesh, and the Precious Blood trickles down over His forehead and fills His eyes, blinding Him, and causing Him fresh pain and misery.

2.  This crowning of thorns was to atone for our proud thoughts, impure thoughts, uncharitable thoughts; the trickling blood covering His sacred face, for our wretched vanity and desire to beautify ourselves in the sight of men; the blinding of His eyes, for our immodest looks, careless looks, looks of curiosity and pride.

O my Lord, how varied were the sufferings Thou hadst to undergo for my manifold sins! 

3.  Each form of suffering endured by the Son of God will have its own appropriate reward for His sacred humanity.  As for each stripe a fresh ray of glory, for each insult a new song of praise from angels and saints, so the crown He will wear in heaven will be glorious in proportion to the suffering and the ignominy of the crown of thorns.  All that we endure for Him will have a corresponding and appropriate reward in heaven.

July Precious Blood of Jesus Meditations


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