The First Station: Who are we condemning?
February 22, 2010 § 2 Comments
This first step on Jesus’ journey to the cross might be the most disturbing: we’re forced to confront the finality of Jesus’ condemnation and consider our role in this scene. While Pilate’s name is forever associated condemning Jesus to death, the mocking crowd is right there too. “Crucify him, crucify him” (John 19:6) they scream.
Who is our crowd condemning today? Who have we given up on and handed over? Are we raising our voices with the rest of the group? Pray for illegal immigrants, those who have lost their jobs, people who can’t read, children forced to labor in factories.
It is easy for the Stations of the Cross to become rote. These familiar stories can become almost transparent. It would be easy to look right through Lent to Easter. As we begin this walk of the stations again, pray that each of us finds something new.
– Chris Phillips
Image: Sacro Monte di Varallo, Valsesia, Italy via Renzodionigi