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Station of the Cross, A Reflection

Updated on April 5, 2018
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He is a Roman Catholic. He wants to use his skill in writing to profess his faith. He also respects other religion.

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.

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© 2018 Jason M Quinapondan

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      Jay C OBrien 2 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      It was my stepfather rather than my father. The sin I committed was Anger. When I learned to empathize and forgive my stepfather My Anger (sin) ceased. Repeat: My sin was the Anger I held against him.

      He will have to deal with his own inner turmoil. There is no trading of sin. Sin is within your own mind. If you hold anything against another, learn to forgive that person. Forgiveness is a conscious choice based on Freewill.

      P.S. My father was mentally ill and I knew it. I never held it against him because it was a birth defect. Thus, I had no Anger toward him and therefore no sin. No Condemnation means no sin.

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      Jason M Quinapondan 2 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

      @Jay...

      Thanks for sharing yourself...I am glad that you have forgiven your father.

      Based on your statement, you have forgiven (his sins on you was removed because you forgave your father) him because you empathized and understood why he acted such misconduct.

      With it, do you think you could learn to forgive your father without knowing it? I agree with you everyone deserves forgiveness. But (as an expanded explanation of "we need to do something to deserve forgiveness.) there must something to happen for us to learn to forgive and to be forgiven.) It does not just happen. Like you said, with empathy we forgive. So, there must be an action that would instigate the "forgive" process.

      In connection to the sacrifice of Jesus, it was his action of offering himself was the initiating factor through the forgiveness of sins of the world. As for today, we need to emphatize as you said, we need to understand people's background to learn to forgive and we need to apologize to be forgiven. :)

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      Jay C OBrien 2 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      "Yes, forgiveness removes sin. But how are we going to be forgiven? We need to do something to deserve forgiveness."

      Everyone deserves forgiveness. Learn to forgive others and you will be forgiven. Example:

      My stepfather beat and terrorized my mother and me until my mother finally divorced him. I was angry with him for years, until I realized the reason he acted this way. He suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from fighting in the Korean conflict.

      When I realized that he suffered greatly from PTSD and my mother and I only received a small part of his emotional turmoil, I began to feel sorry for him. I empathized. I would never want to go into battle and be around a great slaughter. With empathy, we forgive.

      There is only One Timeline and No sacrifice by animal or human has ever removed sin.

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      Jason M Quinapondan 2 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

      @Jay...

      Yes, forgiveness removes sin. But how are we going to be forgiven? We need to do something to deserve forgiveness.

      Also, we are talking here two timelines: olden times and today. In the olden times, sacrifice was done for them to be forgiven. And, sacrifice includes offering animals and greatest sacrifice was when Jesus died on the cross. Where he bore all the sins of the world to be forgiven. That was at that time. But nowadays, of course, we needed to apologize to be forgiven. Another form of sacrifice. That is to swallow our pride, set aside personal interests, cast away hatred.

      So, i agree with you that forgiveness removes sins but before we are forgiven we need do something to deserve that forgiveness.

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      Array Shimmer 2 weeks ago

      sorry

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      Array Shimmer 2 weeks ago

      I am finding difficult to write an Article as English is not my First Language. They did not publish my Article for three times. But finally, i made it one.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      Let me suggest that sacrifice does not remove sin, Forgiveness removes sin. No animal or human sacrifice for whatever reason has ever removed sin.

      Please explain how the action of one person can affect the sin of another. Are we held accountable for our own actions?

      Are we held accountable for the actions of someone else?

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      Jason M Quinapondan 2 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Animal sacrifice was prevalent before Jesus came. It was an offering and to please God. But, in His time, it was Himself who sacrificed. And with that, we do not need to do it at present time. And sacrifice does not only mean dying on the cross. It could be sacrificing our own pride, selfishness, greed and the like, for the benefits of others. So forgiveness is one of the results.

      So, again whatever you believe in, I am not in contrary nor agree. Thanks for your arguments. It made me contemplate and realize many things. I would welcome more of it.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      So, did animal sacrifice remove sin?

      Did human sacrifice remove sin?

      How does the action of person A affect the sin of person B?

      Look at your assumptions.

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      Jason M Quinapondan 2 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I respect your views. And we both were not there. But my faith told me to believe. So, I believe even I do not see. It was indeed a matter of what we believe.

      Happy Easter.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      "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."

      Let me go on record and say that I am opposed to animal and human sacrifice. Sacrifice does not and has Never removed Sin. It is Forgiveness which removes Sin.

      So, why did Christ have to die? I guess to prove an afterlife actually exists. He could not come back from nothing. A place or condition must first exist for there to be a return.

      Muslims teach that Christ did Not die on the cross and offer three possibilities:

      1. He became unconscious due to a drug and then revived or

      2. Someone was substituted for him or

      3. The story is a metaphor. We are to sacrifice our pride and help others.

      I do not know for I was not there.

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