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Jesus is nailed to the cross

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Jesus is nailed to the cross

Eleventh Station

Hands are at work.  The hands that claw and grab at Jesus are hands once created by God in love, yet in their work, they turn against the one who created them.  Although created in love and freedom, these hands are used cruelly now to hold down and nail to the wood of the cross the hands of the One who touched and healed with kindness.  Hands that brought compassion are now racked with pain as nails tear into his flesh. The Word became flesh and lived among us; now this flesh surrenders itself to bitter blows of the hammer.

Yet, as ours were the sorrows he carried, these marks in hands and feet are to become the marks of his tremendous, unconditional love. These are the marks that are to reveal him as the one they crucified, the one who died, yet the one who conquered death. By his wounds, we are healed. In these wounds I find my dwelling place.

Lord, in my unthinking my hands can cause pain for others. My hands can show great kindness and they can be a sign of companionship for those in need; yet they can be the tools that wield so much hurt. As you hold out your hands to embrace the cross and the nail, my I have the courage to reach out towards you. I am carved on the palm of the creator and known to him; may I live always in the knowledge of that love.

 

I love Thee, Jesus; my love above all things;
I repent with my whole heart of having offended Thee.
Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again.
Grant that I may love Thee always,
and then do with me what Thou wilt.

 

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