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Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for Sports: The Crowning with Thorns


Prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays; daily through Lent

3. Our Lord is Crowned with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-31)

Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Reflection: Have you or a teammate been mocked or insulted by an opponent? These experiences are humiliating, hurtful and unjust. They should never happen, but if they do, dedicate yourself to always play with fairness, never stooping to retaliate. As children of God, we are created to lift others up and never tear down. Dedicate your team to living the golden rule: do unto others as you have them do unto you.

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