Monthly Archives: March 2015

10th Station Jesus is Stripped

Stations of the Cross

10th Station Jesus is Stripped

Psalm 51 v 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed,

O God, you who are God my Savior and

my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

Jesus has made it to Calvary. Only was he humanly able to do this by putting his trust in God, his Father. If the loss of blood, pain, fatigue and flogging was not enough the soldiers did one more thing to humiliate Jesus. They stripped him of his clothes. It is more than I can bear to think about. Clothes have a way of making a statement of the person. Removing them, Jesus becomes nothing. Nothing of any worth, and once again all of this because of the sins of the world, mine included.

Lord Jesus, Help me to see those around me that lack clothing and worth in the society I live.

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9th Station Jesus Falls a Third Time

Stations of the Cross

9th Station: Jesus Falls the Third Time

Psalm 51 v13

Then I will teach transgressors your ways so that sinners will turn back to you.

This last fall is devastating.  Jesus can barely proceed to the end.  Summoning all this remaining strength, supported by his inner trust in God, Jesus collapses under the weight of the cross.  His executioners look at him as a broken man, pathetic yet paying a price he deserves.  They help him up so he can make it up the hill of crucifixion. I pause to contemplate him there on the ground. The brokenness that makes me whole.  The surrender that gives me life.  I pause to experience and receive how completely he loves me. He is indeed completely poured out for me.  As I treasure this gifted experience, I express what is in my heart.

Words of Andy Croel, a United Methodist Pastor serving in Michigan.

I found these words reflecting on the 9th Station and I found them very inspiring.

Dear Lord Jesus, you fell three times. In the Bible, when something is repeated three things it is meant expresses some of importance, a greatness. Your falling three times shows the greatness of all the sins of the world. You took upon yourself all the sins of the world. Lord, I am sorry for my sins.Teach me your ways.

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Station 8th ~ Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Stations of the Cross

Station 8th Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Psalm 51v12

12 Give me back the joy of your salvation, sustain in me a generous spirit.

For the 8th Station we read of Jesus talking to the women of Jerusalem, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children” (Luke 23:28). These women may have professional mourners, women who came out to wail and cry for those being lead to their death. But were they sincere? Jesus may be talking to them about being sincere and don’t doing things just for show, do good works by action and not just lip service. He may also be showing mercy and compassion for them who still need to learn of his love, mercy and compassion for us. I prefer to believe it may be a but of both just like he does in my life I am always in need of teaching and redirection but always aware he is always near, he never leaves me and I am always receiving his love and mercy and compassion in abundance.

Dear Lord Jesus, A simply thank you for the bottom of my heart.

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7th Station Jesus Falls a Second TIme

Stations of the Cross

7th Station

Jesus Falls the Second Time Psalm 51 v  11

do not thrust me away from your presence, do not take away from me your spirit of holiness.

This is not one of my favorite station, if a person can have a favorite station. Jesus falls because of me. Jesus falls because of my greed, doubts, weaknesses and the list goes on and on. What I can learn from this station is with the help of the ever-loving present God I can get up and start anew. In Psalm 51 v11 David cries out, “do not thrust me away from your presence, do not take away from me your spirit of holiness.” I know God will never push me away or ever leave me. For this, I am forever grateful.

Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you for taking the fall for me.

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The 6th Station ~ Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Stations of the Cross

Station 6

Veronica Wipes Jesus’ Face

Psalm 51 v 10

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

In our Catholic faith, we honor St. Veronica, a woman who met Jesus on the way to the Cross. Veronica was brave enough to push her way past the soliders and offer her veil to wipe the sweaty, bleeding face of Jesus. Her reward was the image of Jesus on her veil.

Veronica must have had a pure heart and a steadfast spirit within her. Pure heart means to have a heart free from sin. That is what David is asking for. A steadfast spirit is to be able to be strong enough to resist sin and stay pure of heart, not to repeat the sins. Lord, I pray to be as strong as Veronica and be pure of heart with a steadfast spirit. Teach me to be aware of others around me who need an encouraging word and a helping hand.

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Simon Helps Carry the Cross of Jesus

The 5th Station:

Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

Psalm 51

9 Turn away your face from my sins, and wipe away all my guilt.

For as long as I can remember, I have felt a kinship with Simon. A man whom, I believe had no intent of getting involved with the terrible events of Good Friday. He was minding his own business when he felt a hand on his shoulder, forcing him in to service of carry a cross of what looks like a criminal.

First lesson: Not everything is as it looks.

Second Lesson: God has a plan for each of our lives.

Third Lesson: We don’t always know what that plan is.

I have been working on a picture book about Simon. One of the passage reads: The man whose cross he carried looked like he had gone days without sleep. He wore a crown of thorns. One eye was swollen shut. Blood matted his hair. Sweat soaked his purple cloak. The silent man stumbled and fell. Simon reached down. He gently brushed the gravel from the man’s bloody knee.

“Can you get up? I’ll help you as much as I can, but please, try to walk or the whips will be on our backs,” Simon whispered, as he pulled the man to his feet.

            Momentarily, their eyes met and Simon saw compassion and love. The man’s body worn to the point of exhaustion, but his eyes burned with a fiery love. The man seemed to peer into Simon’s very soul and understood his thoughts. Simon knew he’d remember this face for a long time.

In Psalm I read Psalm 51

9 Turn away your face from my sins, and wipe away all my guilt.

Lord, I sorry for turn my face from you in uncomfortable times. Please wipe away my guilt. Show me how I can help carry that cross that is too heavy for someone who crosses my path. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Fourth Station Jesus Meets His Mother

Fourth Station

Jesus Meets His Mother Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;     wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness;     let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

In the movie, The Passion there is a scene, (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+passion+i+will+make+all+things+new+jesus&FORM=VIRE6#view=detail&mid=7511386152938C96A2057511386152938C96A205)

where Jesus has fallen on the way to Calvary. Through the eye of the lens, you see His mother, remembering Jesus as a little boy and has fallen she came running to pick him up and rocked him in her arms for a moment. This memory gives her courage to run to her son on the way to the Cross. He touches her face and says, “Mother, see I make all things new…” When Mary heard this she must have understood from her knowledge of what her parents taught from the prophets of old, that Jesus was telling her he was here to fulfill the prophecies.

Isaiah, 43v19… Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth;

Or

Jeremiah, 31v22… for Jehovah hath created a new thing in the earth.

Psalm 51 v 7-8 talk about the “Hyssop” according to the Levitical Law this was used to clean oneself after touching a corpse or someone with leprosy. When David wrote this psalm he knew he was in need of the most extreme kind of cleansing. So with the Hyssop it was a sprinkling of blood, a “blood of sprinkling.”

Lord Jesus, Have pity on me a sinner. The agony you went through wasn’t enough but  to meet your mother on the way. With your blood, you have made me as white as snow. There are no words to thank you for the blood sprinkling that you did for me. You have paid the price once and for all.

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