One: Jesus is Condemned to Death
Two:Jesus Takes Up His Cross
Three: Jesus Falls for the First Time
Four: Jesus Meets His Mother
Five: Simon Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross
Six: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
Seven: Jesus Falls the Second Time
Eight: Jesus Consoles the Women
Nine: Jesus Falls for the Third Time
Ten: Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments
Eleven: Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross
Twelve: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Thirteen: Jesus Is Taken Down from the Cross
Fourteen: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
How painful this last journey must have been for Jesus: physical pain
in carrying the weight of the cross, and even more pain, emotional pain,
seeing the pain and sorrow in his own Mother's eyes, knowing her
suffering on his behalf, knowing that she (like most mothers) would have
rather died in his place.
Yet, Jesus had prepared Mary for this moment, and knew that she would
find the strength, the faith to shoulder her cross of temporary pain.
At this moment, Mary is helpless.
We too often feel helpless through life. Especially as
we have to stand by and watch as someone we love suffers through some illness
or difficulty, or approaches death. We too feel helpless when pain comes
to someone we love. Or perhaps helpless as a loved one chooses some path
we know will prove detrimental to their own spiritual health and happiness.
Mary does not just stand by and do nothing. She's
there, present to Jesus giving her maternal support. This Jesus knew. Mary
prayed, and gave her comfort to the infant she nursed and the child she
raised: by her presence in the crowd and by her own journey to Calvary,
Do we use Mary as a model for our lives? What's
our response when pain or difficulty comes to another? Do we avoid them?
Let them suffer alone? Are we "fair-weather friends": unwilling
to involve ourselves in another's problems for the inconvenience
it may cause us?
"Whatever you neglect to do for the least of these,
you neglect to do to me."
Can we see our patient endurance in the face of troubles,
our own or another's, as one way of sharing in Jesus' way of
the cross... as Mary did?
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