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Station of the Cross, A Reflection
It was not my first time to do the Via Crucis or the Station of the Cross. I have done this for a couple of times with my friends. But, this time was different. We did the usual rituals, and we prayed in every station. But, one thing has changed, I had an in-depth realization afterward. Of course, it was with the help of the readings we spoke in every station.
Before, I only read them plainly. Yes, I understood every word. I tried to put emotion in it. Still, I felt it was superficial. But this time, I was more reflective. I had experiences to look back. I had situations to ponder. I had reactions to think over.
Perhaps, I am a grown-up already. I asked myself how would a station of the cross relevant to me. I had the experiences to relate. Well, for whatever reasons, I was grateful and felt blessed to have those thoughts. I knew that the Stations of the Cross depict lots of messages. It tells a great story of love and sacrifice without any reservation. Indeed, we could get lots of lessons of life from it.
So, I would like to share some piece of my reflections from doing Via Crucis.
1. In whatever situation, never complain.
They condemned Jesus to death.
We knew that He was innocent. He was free from any form of sin. He healed a lot of sick people. He spoke of truth and hope. But, in return, people accused Him and eventually, crucified. Despite it, we never heard Him fight back. He never complained about how they treated Him back after all the goodness He has done to them. He embraced His fate, carried the cross, and died for all the people.
With it, people may judge us. People may hate us. People may say words against us, truth or not. But, how do we respond? I knew it was hard to stay calm and never do anything. But, is to fight the only resort? As written in the scripture, Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless that you may obtain a blessing. Do not say, "I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done." Afterall, truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Indeed, the truth shall prevail. So stay calm, pray and have faith.
Furthermore, we easily murmur in times of discomforts even if it was too little compared to the weight of the cross Jesus carried. Why don't we endure? Persevere? Why is it easier for us to complain than to be grateful? Aren't we blessed enough?
I could not imagine if Jesus complained and fought back. We could not have Good Friday and Easter. We could not have an epitome of love, strength, and hope.
2. Focus on the mission, not on the situation.
Jesus fell thrice.
If I were Jesus, I could have surrendered. I could not have got up and continued. But, I am glad, I was not. No one can be Jesus but only Him. But, we could learn and follow Him.
Haven't you thought, why He still got up despite how many times he fell? Jesus did not focus on the pain, on how many times he dropped, on how heavy the cross. He thought of His mission. He was engrossed in fulfilling God's plan. It was His love.
Remember that what we focus it magnifies and intensifies. So, if we focus on the hardships we are going through, then we could feel it was hard. We then would weaken. Eventually, would give up. But, if our focus would be on our mission, our purpose, our goal, then we would have the desire to continue and move on. There would be no challenges we would not try to surpass. No matter how many time we would fall, we would have the strength to stand and go on. So, focus on the mission. Keep an eye on it until you fulfill it.
But as for you, be strong and do not give up for your work will BE REWARDED.— 2 Chronicles 15:7
The passion of Christ was the best manifestation of God's love. It was the epitome of sacrifice and love. Through His blood, we have been passed over. His death saved us from false beliefs, broke the bondage of discrimination, and gave us hope. A hope that we would also overcome death. That, in our mournings and weepings, we would have joy and laughter. In our hardships and trials, we would have success and victory. In our worries and fears, we would have peace and strength. And that, in our Good Fridays, we would have our Easter Sundays.
Jesus Christ has died. Jesus Christ has resurrected. Jesus Christ has risen. Jesus Christ will come again.
Have a blessed days in our lives.
Do you have a story to tell about your Holy Week?
© 2018 Jason M Quinapondan