VIA

  THE WAY(C)

The First Station

Jesus is Condemned To Death

We adore you, oh Christ, and we praise you"

Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

"I present him to you now, that you may know I find no guilt."

John 19:26-27

A battle has been raging within Pilate. He knows what he should do but he capitulates to the will of those around him. Truth is defeated in him, a truth which would have set him free. In certain terms Pilate crucifies himself, for without truth each of us is lifeless. He tries to wash the blood of Jesus from his hands. He cannot escape that it is what comes from the inside of a person that makes one unclean. 

Jesus has predicted his condemnation and all these events. Despite the knowledge of what will come, he stands as a fearless witness to truth. He need not call upon the angels to save him. Life with the Father carries him. His actions will redound through all history. Soon all will see that true love for the Father means to offer up everything one can control; including our body, our desires and all things that come into our possession.

Prayer

Lord, I have run from the truth but now I seek it. May my only desire be to fulfill the Father's plan for me, despite any cost, just as you did. Help me see beyond only what I want in life; beyond my desires for pleasure, or reputation, or affections of a beloved, and beyond fear for my future. Do not let me condemn you, either by my actions or my lack of gratitude for what you did the day you stood before the powers of the world to be denied and punished to save me. Can I not but do the same if I am one with you as you are with the Father?

Give me a loving heart purified of sin: a heart like your own and that of your mother. Show me the way.

The Twelfth Station

Jesus Dies Upon The Cross

 

We adore you, oh Christ, and we praise you!

Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

"He is your son . . . She is your mother"

      John 19:26-27

 

The inevitability of it all must now be faced, but how?

Some do so in silence born of an emptiness from loss of hope that he was not the messiah. Some stand smug in the false belief that their children may know the benefits of his blood on their hands. Others are already scanning the crowd for the next opportunity to purify the people of blasphemers. Within the walls, the great are simply relieved that one more prophet has been silenced in anticipation of slightly calmer times. Some are just numb, feeling nothing, saying nothing.

As storms and earthquakes rumble, it is the silence of this motionless figure that is heard. The same silence that one hears whenever the innocent are victimized; a gap waiting to be filled with our own voice. A voice proclaiming a new truth brought to injustice. A truth which assures that the vanity of selfishness gains no profit and the subjection of one by another only imprisons the mighty from the world. It is the declaration of life over death.

Mary gave birth to the Voice. The believers in it will echo His words in righteousness until the end of time. At the Cross those who listened to the Voice are gone save John. He is the model of all faithful disciples who will follow the Voice concerned about all earthly judgment. Each witness to martyrdom shall gain strength from and give strength to the Church. Jesus declares Mary as John's mother for she gave birth to the Church when, long ago in face of that earthly judgment, she also said yes to the Father's plan.

Prayer

Lord, fill the silence for me now.

Give me a loving heart purified of sin; a heart like your own and that of your mother. Show me the way.


       

The Second Station

Jesus Picks Up His Cross

We adore you, oh Christ, and we praise you"

Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

"So, they took charge of Jesus. He went out, carrying his cross."

John 19:16-17

The crowd has demanded crucifixion. They deny the true identity of Jesus even though he has revealed it many times. What a terrible suffering, to be denied who you really are. Our individuality and uniqueness are the reaction points in our relationship with others, essential in the design of love. They deny both who he is and that he deserves to exist. This is worse than physical punishment. But Jesus does not need to appeal to the world searching for his dignity. he continues along this way because he and the Father are one.

Prayer

Lord, I have run from the truth but now I seek it. May my only desire be to fulfill the Father's plan for me, despite any cost, just as you did. Help me see beyond only what I want in life; beyond my desires for pleasure, or reputation, or affections of a beloved, and beyond fear for my future. Do not let me condemn you, either by my actions or my lack of gratitude for what you did the day you stood before the powers of the world to be denied and punished to save me. Can I not but do the same if I am one with you as you are with the Father?

Give me a loving heart purified of sin: a heart like your own and that of your mother. Show me the way.

The Twelfth Station

Jesus Dies Upon The Cross

 

We adore you, oh Christ, and we praise you!

Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

"He is your son . . . She is your mother"

      John 19:26-27

 

The inevitability of it all must now be faced, but how?

Some do so in silence born of an emptiness from loss of hope that he was not the messiah. Some stand smug in the false belief that their children may know the benefits of his blood on their hands. Others are already scanning the crowd for the next opportunity to purify the people of blasphemers. Within the walls, the great are simply relieved that one more prophet has been silenced in anticipation of slightly calmer times. Some are just numb, feeling nothing, saying nothing.

As storms and earthquakes rumble, it is the silence of this motionless figure that is heard. The same silence that one hears whenever the innocent are victimized; a gap waiting to be filled with our own voice. A voice proclaiming a new truth brought to injustice. A truth which assures that the vanity of selfishness gains no profit and the subjection of one by another only imprisons the mighty from the world. It is the declaration of life over death.

Mary gave birth to the Voice. The believers in it will echo His words in righteousness until the end of time. At the Cross those who listened to the Voice are gone save John. He is the model of all faithful disciples who will follow the Voice unconcerned about all earthly judgment. Each witness to martyrdom shall gain strength from and give strength to the Church. Jesus declares Mary as John's mother for she gave birth to the Church when, long ago in face of that earthly judgment, she also said yes to the Father's plan.

Prayer

Lord, fill the silence for me now.

Give me a loving heart purified of sin; a heart like your own and that of your mother. Show me the way.