In this station Jesus falls for the third time but He rises once again. He has fallen twice already but He chooses to get back up and continue walking, towards His inevitable death.
When I was younger and I fell while playing, it hurt. I would cry and slowly get up, cursing the ground for existing. Now that I’m older I’m not falling physically, but I still fall spiritually, and it still hurts, though it’s a different kind of pain. Continue reading “Station Nine: Why we get back up”→
One Saturday afternoon, as I was praying in the pews near the confessionals at the local Cathedral, I reflected on my own shortcomings and sins and asked for the Holy Spirit to show me the ways in which I struggle and how I can do better.
As I looked up from my prayer, I noticed that the Stations of the Cross were mapped out along the sides of the chapel and that the seventh station was beside me. There, depicted, was a small copper image of Jesus falling with a heavy cross on His back. We all stumble and struggle with personal sin, but here is Jesus in perfect solidarity with humankind. He struggles with His cross, too. We are most aware of Christ’s full humanity here. Continue reading “Station Seven: We fall, but we get back up”→
Often when we think about ministry, we see ourselves as Veronica, doing something kind for someone else, recognizing the needs of another. It’s good to meet those needs, but meditating on this, I’m struck not just by Veronica’s service to our Lord, but by Jesus’s acceptance of her service.
Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry His cross
BY VINCENT MASTROMATTEO
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We’ve all heard the saying “this is my cross to carry.” That stems from Simon of Cyrene, the bystander celebrated in the fifth station who helped Jesus carry His cross on the way to Calvary.
Matthew’s Gospel reads “And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: they compelled him to bear his cross” (Matthew 27:32). Matthew’s account doesn’t indicate if Simon took up his burden willingly. Continue reading “Station Five: Tired but willing”→
Mary, you watched Jesus suffer with more agony than anyone else. Even though it pained you to stand back and observe your Son as He was tortured and ridiculed, you knew it was God’s will. Your only Son was covered in blood, sweat and was burdened by the weight of the cross, yet you still found the strength to believe that God had a plan for you. Continue reading “Station Four: His mother’s love”→
In this station we encounter a weak and frail Jesus, who has crumbled under the combined weight of His cross and His fate. In this moment, as Jesus falls for the first of many times, we begin to see the great sacrifice of God the Son.
As the crowd jeers, as the guards abuse and prod, and as He looks forward to the long road ahead, Jesus manages to pick Himself up and continue on. He knows it is likely that He will fall again. He knows that, in reaching the end, He will die. And yet He rises and in doing so, He represents the great virtues of courage in the face of challenge and faith in God’s plan. Continue reading “Station Three: A weak and frail Jesus”→