STATIONS OF THE CROSS 2019
Station 1: Jesus is Condemned to Die
Each of us learns at some point in our lives of our own mortality, that we are going to die. The circumstances and time when we learn that in our deeper being varies greatly.
Station 2: Jesus Carries His Cross
Learning of our own mortality, is in many senses the cross that we carry through our lives from the moment we become conscious of our mortality.
Station 3: Jesus Falls for the First Time
We often ‘stumble’ or fall under the weight of the knowledge that we will one day die. The more imminent that death seems the harder the fall.
Station 4: Jesus Meets His Mother
How differently we relate to the person who gave us birth
when we realise that she and we are mortal.
Station 5: Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
We can't carry the knowledge of our mortality alone. We need
others who will help us carry the burden.
Station 6: Veronica Wipes Jesus' Face
On the journey there are often intimate others who help us
by attending to our intimate needs.
Station 7: Jesus Falls The Second Time
Our mortality continues to be a heavy burden to carry and we
fall many times under its weight.
Station 8: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
This is the central station in the sense that it is number 8 of 15; it is also central in that it suggests a world turned upside down . Luke 23 :2 6-3 1 is the biblical story. We weep for the difficult things we see happening in our world and their challenge to our personal comfort and these hard words reflect how difficult the mortal journey might be for us.
Station 9: Jesus Falls for the Third Time
Again, our knowledge of our mortality is a heavy burden and we stumble, fall under its weight . The falls in life become cumulative.
Station 10: Jesus is Stripped
I have often read this as Jesus is stripped bare. As I watched my father and mother - in -law, among many I have known, become fragile and ill in their later years, I was very aware of how our mortality strips us bare, particularly when we are close to death.
Station 11: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
The process of dying is not easy. There is often a sense of
being nailed to the cross.
Station 12: Jesus Dies on the Cross
We die, as Jesus died. What is death? What is it when 'we
are’ no more'?
Station 13: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
I have been taken with the power of the pieta for a very long time. Sometimes in the Christian and Western community we give so much emphasis to the death on the cross that we forget the people at the foot of the cross who hold that battered and beaten and now, dead, Jesus. Can there be any more painful thing in life than for the mother who gave birth, to hold her tortured and murdered son in his death.
Station 14: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
There is something here of the dignity of the community that lays the bodies of the ones who die in their resting places. They are forced to reflect on all the questions raised by the mortality and finitude and often in the process draw on religious rituals to help find the meaning in the death.
Station 15: Jesus is Raised to Life
This station is not included as one of the traditional stations, though in some situations it has been. It raises the question of how we find hope in the face of our mortality and finitude.