Hope you enjoyed John's take on the Joyful Mysteries. Here's what it's like praying the Sorrowful mysteries with him!
1st Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden
Me: This is when Jesus was in a garden late at night asking God, his father, to give him strength and maybe not have him die.
John: But Mom, we don't have a garden!
Me: Well Jesus found one.
John: ...Did he find the one at church? That's a good garden.
2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar
Me: This is when Jesus was tied up to a pillar and the soldiers hit him over and over again.
John: But those are knights!
Me: But why would knights hit Jesus?
John: Because they was....
3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns
Me: This is when they pushed a crown of prickly hurting thorns onto Jesus's head and made him bleed.
John: I wanna take that thing and put all the band-aids on him. That'll make it better!
4th Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross
Me: This is when Jesus had to carry his big, heavy cross all the way up a very big hill. He was very hurt and tired, and it was a lot to carry.
John: He got splinters?
Me: I don't know, probably.
John: Jesus don't worry. Your momma will get 'em out and make you ALL better!
5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion
Me: This is when Jesus died, nailed up to the cross.
John: They put him in a cage?
Me: No, but they put his body in a cave after he died.
John: The soldiers do that?
John: Bet they're sad about that. Bet they sorry. They will go give Jesus big hug and say "I so sorry Jesus."
Me: He'd probably like that John.
So in general: John is really concerned about the roles of soldiers/knights (interchangeable terms for him at the moment) in the Passion. Valid.