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Jesus is made to bear his cross

Jesus is made to bear his cross

Second Station

Here Jesus – already exhausted, beaten, bruised and torn – has the instrument of his death laid upon his shoulders.  Those watching expect to see his body give way under that long, heavy cross.  They see his body bend and bow but it does not break.  ‘So he can bear it but he cannot move’ they think, for so it seems.  The soldiers exchange glances – worried that they have already abused the condemned man beyond his endurance – but then Jesus begins.  With his eyes fixed simply on path ahead, he bears the cross on his scourged flesh and carries it one step at a time towards Calvary.


Each of us encounters the cross – physical, mental, spiritual – in our daily lives.    Sometimes we try to avoid it, for it seems a weight impossible to bear.  At those times, let us remember Jesus’ words, ‘shoulder my yoke and learn from me.’ At the foot of the hill, we see Jesus struggle physically even to start his journey.  We hear nothing, for he does not complain.  Rather, he trusts that the Father will give him the strength to endure the cross.  The Christian journey is characterised by struggle and perseverance and here our Lord teaches us to trust and inspires us to persevere.


Lord, I struggle.  I struggle even to pick up my cross, for I look at my own resources but I am blind to your presence there.  Then, I am afraid to walk with my cross because, lacking trust in you, I fear what lies beyond my sight.   Grant me the grace to turn to you before all else.  Help me to trust that you will always give me the necessary quiet grace and strength to bear my cross.  Then, Lord, ‘keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me’.


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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