Thursday, March 02, 2006

Second Station: Jesus takes up His Cross

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SECOND STATION
Jesus takes up his Cross

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi. [We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee]


R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum. [For by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.]

From the Gospel according to Matthew. 27:27-31


Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

MEDITATION

Jesus, condemned as an imposter king, is mocked, but this very mockery lays bare a painful truth. How often are the symbols of power, borne by the great ones of this world, an affront to truth, to justice and to the dignity of man! How many times are their pomps and their lofty words nothing but grandiose lies, a parody of their solemn obligation to serve the common good! It is because Jesus is mocked and wears the crown of suffering that he appears as the true King. His sceptre is justice (cf. Ps 45:7). The price of justice in this world is suffering: Jesus, the true King, does not reign through violence, but through a love which suffers for us and with us. He takes up the Cross, our cross, the burden of being human, the burden of the world. And so he goes before us and points out to us the way which leads to true life.

PRAYER

Lord, you willingly subjected yourself to mockery and scorn. Help us not to ally ourselves with those who look down on the weak and suffering. Help us to acknowledge your face in the lowly and the outcast. May we never lose heart when faced with the contempt of this world, which ridicules our obedience to your will. You carried your own Cross and you ask us to follow you on this path (cf. Mt 10:38). Help us to take up the Cross, and not to shun it. May we never complain or become discouraged by life’s trials. Help us to follow the path of love and, in submitting to its demands, to find true joy.

All:


(Our Father)
Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Cuius animam gementem, contristatam et dolentem
pertransivit gladius.


By Cardinal Ratzinger from Vatican

Image from St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church

3 Comments:

Blogger Carmel said...

I remember doing the stations of the cross in elementary school, I loved it.
Thanks for the meditations :)

1:04 AM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

That's great Carmel. Do you know if they still do that in school nowadays?

I remember when I was serving as youth minister, we did the Stations of the Cross and we even had sound effects when Jesus was being Crucified... that really made an impression on the youth!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

wow that sounds good, children could use all the animation to keep them concentrating. I do believe that they still do that in Catholic elementary schools here.

1:06 PM  

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