STATIONS OF THE CROSS
MEDITATION AND PRAYERS
BLESSED POPE JOHN PAUL II
If any man would come after me,
that every step
It means to experience,
the Cross of Christ.
of this love,
To journey through life,
Jesus is condemned to death
V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
“My Kingdom is not of this world;
Pilate said in answer:
questions. He went to the Jews and told them: “I find no
crime in him” (cf. Jn 18:37-38).
truth, but an existential question about his own relationship
with truth. It was an attempt to escape from the voice of
conscience, which was pressing him to acknowledge the
truth and follow it.
Pilate’s attempts at half measures are of no avail. The cruel punishment of scourging inflicted upon the Accused is not enough.
When the Procurator brings Jesus, scourged and crowned with thorns, before the crowd, he seems to be looking for words which he thinks might soften the intransigence of the mob.
the world, condemned to death by crucifixion.
Nor is it enough to
Responsibility for the blood
of the just remains.
God is love.
his only Son,
offered his life.
The Cross is the sign of a love
who accept the Cross at the hands of men
(cf. Is 53:6).
e must go back to the words of the Prophet,
who foresaw this fall centuries earlier.
It is as though he were contemplating it with his own eyes: seeing the Servant of the Lord, on the ground under the weight of the Cross,
he tells us the real cause of his fall.
It is this:
“God laid on him the sins of us all”.
to the ground.
of the world
Oh, how sad and sore distressed