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A Crown of Thorns: Lenten Devotions

Monday, April 4

We continue following the story of Jesus’ final hours, as recorded in the Gospel of Mark , with Mark 15:16-20 (NRSV).

Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

Signs of honor and affection are turned on their head in this reading; how does that shape your experience of this reading?

What does it mean to you that this is the last story we are given before the crucifixion takes place?

What feeling are you left with when you read the final sentence in this excerpt?

Sarah Rohrer is North Central field organizer for Bread for the World.

 

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