Praying the Stations of the Cross: It is Challenging
“…seek God in all things.” – St Ignatius
However, in the Stations, we witness Jesus at His most human.
No miracles. No sudden healings. God seems to be missing.
So, let’s look at Jesus’ response:
- Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. He prays.
- Jesus, betrayed by Judas, is arrested. He stays calm.
- Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin. He is steadfast.
- Jesus is denied by Peter. He accepts others’ weaknesses.
- Jesus is judged by Pilate. He remains quiet.
- Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns. He endures pain.
- Jesus bears the cross. He accepts responsibility.
- Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross. He allows others to help.
- Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. He thinks of others.
- Jesus is crucified. He loves.
- Jesus promises his kingdom to the good thief. He forgives.
- Jesus speaks to his mother and the disciple. He watches over his family.
- Jesus dies on the cross. He weeps.
- Jesus is placed in the tomb. He surrenders.
His acceptance of His fate and forgiveness that follows are the epitome of our faith. Let His response guide us when we’re broken, lonely and exhausted; where we think God is absent. Seeking Him gives us what we need: Comfort. Peace.
Please turn to page 3 for timings for CDM’s Stations of the Cross