The Stations of the Cross are Alive

 

 

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The Stations of the Cross are Alive

The Stations of the Cross are Alive
The Stations of the cross are found in every Catholic Church, all 14 are hung on the walls around the the church. Usually 7 on each side.  In some Catholic Churches there are beautiful pictures that portray all the stations. And in other churches there are wood carved three dimensional stations. All are beautiful and a good examples of the passions of the cross. Each station represents a particular event of the passion. The stations are visible reminder of the events from the Bible of the last part of Jesus’ life and death. But also the stations of the cross are alive today.  Since the times of the early Christians and Europeans, there have been millions of people who have walked in the same places that Jesus walked during His passion in Jerusalem.  We are called to live the stations because as Christians we follow Jesus. We live our lives and carry our crosses like Jesus showed us. And because we are living and following Jesus, we unite our crosses in our hearts to His. Then our daily sufferings become joy because we walk with Him.
First Station-Jesus is condemned All of us are blamed for things we did not do. Today we are pressured in school or at work. Others are pointing their fingers at us because they don’t want the blame. Or because they think of themselves as too great to make such a mistake. When we find ourselves being condemned by others, think of this first station and how Jesus felt when he was being accused and judged by the Romans.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Second Station-Jesus carries His cross Jesus began His journey when He was physically at His worst. He was drained from the scourging at the pillar and crowning with thorns. Then they gave Him a cross to carry. When we are faced with difficulties of life — bad news, family members dying, loss of a job, illness, or just simple daily problems — we are expected to undertake. The second station is a reminder we can each day carry our cross with Jesus.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Third Station-Jesus falls the first time When we fall from our duties and complain or don’t finish something, we should know that we can pick up that cross and continue to try again like Jesus did in the third station. We are encouraged by looking at how Jesus carries His cross and know He will help us along our way. No matter how big or small our crosses seem to be, Jesus carried them all.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Fourth Station-Jesus meets his mother, Mary sometimes we see someone suffer, maybe from an illness. or our own child, in some cases we cannot help them. This is very painful. The doctor says there is nothing more he can do. I cannot imagine what Mary, Jesus mother was feeling when she saw Jesus caring the cross. He was bloody, weak, and She was not able to do anything. How painful that must have been for her to see her son like that. They looked at each other, not a word was spoken. How much pain they had.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Fifth Station-Simon helps carry Jesus’ cross Simon was pulled from the crowd to help Jesus carry the cross. The soldiers were afraid that Jesus was dying before he reached the hill where He was to be crucified. Do we step forward when someone needs help. Or do we stand by and wait? Do we do acts of love do we begin to complain? Or do we do things expecting something in return? Where in our heart is our love and charity?

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Sixth Station-Veronica wipes the face of Jesus with her veil Jesus is so weak and His face is full of blood from the crown he is wearing. The solders are spitting on Jesus’ face. Where were the people to stand up for Jesus? During the 3 years Jesus was doing miracles, healing people from their illness, or sins or teaching them, not one came out of the crowd to help Jesus now when He was caring the cross. But Veronica was the one strong loving woman who came through the crowd and around the solders, wiped Jesus’ face with her veil. Do we have compassion for others? At the end of our day, do we know if we lifted someone up or loved them. Or did we commit slander, gossip, or tear them apart? Our own stations of life we do for others is what we do to Jesus.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Seventh Station-Jesus falls the second time There are times we are doing good we are saying our prayers consistently or we are living like we should, then for some reason or other we falter and fail. We are weak and we fall into sin. We need to remember the seventh station, pick up our cross again and start over. Jesus is showing us, He forgives us of our sins and continues to love us. This station is a motivator and encourages us to move forward like Jesus did. Jesus is with us to help us carry our cross.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Eighth Station-Jesus speaks to the Jerusalem women In the crowd are women who wanted to comfort Jesus. They remember all what Jesus taught them and they were grateful and wanted to thank Jesus for all He did. They weep as they see Jesus in this condition.  Jesus tells them not to cry for Him but for the future generations. We should be on our knees begging God for forgiveness of all the sins of the world today! We are the children Jesus was speaking of to those woman. We need to be the ones that step out of the crowd and stand up for Jesus. Would we have done that in Jesus day? We should be like those women who were there to comport Jesus. How many opportunities we have to comfort others? Are we stepping out and giving others our comfort and compassion?

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Ninth Station-Jesus falls the third time Exhaust from the weight of the cross, Jesus falls again. We pause and contemplate on Jesus laying on the ground. Jesus has poured out all this love for us and has given everything He has. He must now once again depend on His Father in heaven. Are we willing to suffer for others and our faith?

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Tenth Station-Jesus is stripped of his clothes .  Jesus was wearing the clothes that His mother made Him. The solders pull off all of Jesus clothes it tears the bloody wounds open again. He is stripped of all his dignity. And they gamble for his clothes. Jesus then has to face death with nakedness. We think of what Jesus has revealed to us. He has nothing to hind or hold back from us. He looks at us with humility.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Eleventh Station-Jesus is crucified As we look at Jesus being nailed to the cross. We think of how much pain he is suffering. Two nails in the hands and two in the feet. How much we suffer when we get a splinter. How more Jesus suffered for us.  He took this pain for me. I kneel down quietly and thank Him with the most gratitude and respect.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Twelfth Station-Jesus dies on the cross Jesus says “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” As we look up at Jesus on the cross we see our salvation hanging on a tree of victory. Jesus demonstrated by dying on the cross how much He loves us. It also reflects God’s love for us. Many people will be saved through Jesus’ sacrifice and will have an intimate relationship with Him forever in heaven. But we all are called now to be intimate with Jesus today. When we look at Jesus wounds He wants us to accept them as evidence of His total and personal love for us.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Thirteenth Station-Jesus in taken down from the cross Finally Jesus is in the arms of His mother. Her tender arms hold Jesus. We remember all the people Jesus touched, healed body and soul. How many times we were broken and Jesus lifted our spirits. He and Mary show us how to be tender and kind with one another.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Fourteenth Station Jesus is laid in the tomb Jesus is laid into the tomb. He had to suffer and die to enter into His glory.  Standing and looking at the tomb reminds us of the gloom and disbelief in the world. I pray that Jesus will give me enough strength to carry my crosses so that I can share heaven with Jesus forever.

*We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

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