Christ the King IV

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Here is another scene from Strasbourg Cathedral. Jesus is crowned with Thorns, but loses none of his human dignity: he accepts his  wreath of pain as if it were a crown of gold.

I remember one time at Saint Thomas’ Church in Canterbury when the children were following the Stations of the Cross. We would bring out a crown of real thorns which they touched with great care. When we came to the station where Jesus was taken down from the Cross we visited the pieta at the back of church, and on this day the children gathered close, stroking the statue of Jesus and Mary.

That image spoke to the children directly; let this one speak to us.

The Son of Man is suffering with the dignity of a Son of God. He cannot take away all our pain, but he can show us how and when we should accept it.

Dare we say with Paul:

I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church.

Colossians 1:24


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