Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! It’s a special day for us here in the Archdiocese of New York because Saint Patrick is the patron saint of our archdiocese. He’s also the patron saint of Ireland and Nigeria. What a tribute to the fact that he was an evangelist who brought the faith to so many!
We often forget the emotional suffering of Jesus. During the Agony in the Garden, Jesus experienced the effect of every sin ever committed. He wants to bear all of our sins and take them with Him to the Cross.
After these fourteen stations, we might be tempted to despair as we think of the torment Jesus went through. The only thing that gives us hope is knowing that Jesus will rise from the dead in three days.
Jesus is placed in the arms of His mother. Imagine her sorrow. This is captured most eloquently in Michelangelo’s La Pieta.
We genuflect with one knee at each Station of the Cross, but at the Twelfth Station we go down on both knees. Adoration and silence are about the only proper responses we have to the Cross of Christ.
Every time we sin or ignore Jesus, it’s as if there’s another hammer on the nail. It is our sins that put Him on the Cross.
When Jesus went the the Cross He had nothing left, He has emptied Himself of everything. We accomplish most when we strip ourselves of earthly prestige and power and let God take over.
In the Bible, three indicates a bunch of times. This could be the Evangelists’ way of saying that Jesus fell a lot. The number of times Jesus fell isn’t important. What’s important is that He got back up each and every time.
Have you noticed that just about the only friends Jesus meets along the way to the Cross are women? Jesus stops to give them consolation and encouragement. Jesus doesn’t pity Himself, He looks out for other people.
The beam of the Cross was heavy. It wasn’t just a heavy piece of wood, Jesus was also carrying the weight of our sins and sorrows. He carried us with Him on His way to Calvary.