BRIEF MEDITATIONS ON THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS


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I

The people choose guilt over innocence

Jesus is condemned to death.

II

The once-living instrument of death is selected

Jesus takes up the cross.

III

The weight of sin descends on man and God

Jesus falls.

IV

Sin tries to enter our Blessed Mother as she is tempted by hatred

Jesus quiets her spirit.

V

The guilty one shoulders the instrument of death with the innocent

Simon helps to carry the cross.

VI

The face of sin is wiped and the pure image of God remains

Veronica touches the face of Jesus.

VII

Unrepented sin is heaped upon sin and evil is excused

Jesus falls again.

VIII

Guilt wallows in blame and recrimination

Jesus admonishes the mourners.

IX

The man is crushed by sin

Jesus falls the last time.

X

The guilty strip the body of man/God and reveal only innocence

The soldiers steal Jesus’s cloak.

XI

Man captures God and tries to hold Him in bondage to his will

Jesus is nailed to the cross.

XII

Man/God is raised up like the serpent for the crowd to behold

Jesus dies on the cross.

XIII

The vestiges of sin are washed from the body

Our Blessed Mother purges the corpse.

XIV

The body is encased in a prison that cannot contain God

Jesus’s corpse is put in a tomb.

I used to think that making the stations of the cross meant showing compassion for Our Lord. Then the recognition came that with every bloodied step

He was showing the greatest compassion and understanding and mercy to me.

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