Friday, 6 April 2012

Way of the Cross: First Station

Jesus is condemned to death

V. We adore you, O Christ and praise you.
R. Because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.


From the Passion according to Mark
And [the high priests with the elders and scribes and the whole Sanhedrin] bound Jesus and led him away and handed him over to Pilate. And Pilate interrogated him, ‘You are the “King of the Jews”?’ But he answered and said, ‘You say so.’ And the high priests made many accusations against him. And Pilate interrogated him again, saying, “You do not respond? Look how many things they accuse you of!’ But Jesus no longer made any response, so that Pilate wondered.


It’s not fair. Jesus did not deserve to suffer and die. He had never done anything more than love and serve his entire life. Why didn’t he rage and protest against his unjust sentence? How did you feel when you were in a similar situation?


Jesus, our King, you could have defended yourself with eloquent words. You could have called on disciples and angels to rescue you. When we feel misunderstood, or treated unfairly, or find ourselves suffering a sentence we do not deserve, give us the strength and courage you showed in Pilate’s court.


All: Our Father …
At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.
Find the remaining stations here.

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