The Seventh Station: Jesus Dies On The Cross
April 21, 2011 Comments Off on The Seventh Station: Jesus Dies On The Cross
Jesus dies on the Cross. It is done. It is finished. This sounds and feels so final… but it is not. Thy will be done on Earth as in Heaven… this is precisely what makes it not final as it used to be because Jesus defeated death on the third day.
Today, we sit with this excruciating pain; this terrible loneliness and desolation that grows deeper and heavier as the heavens are covered by darkness for three long hours. Jesus died on the cross a brutal death: alone, abandoned, betrayed, ridiculed and sold just for a few silver coins…
“Abba why have you forsaken me?” Jesus cried out. We hear him in the depth of our souls for all the times we feel and had felt forsaken, abandoned, forgotten, betrayed and laughed at.
Nevertheless, our desolation is not final either; we know so because Jesus has gone before us. Our outcry shall pass too. We take great comfort in knowing that our Lord understands our suffering as he has taken up on the cross the suffering and sins of the world so we can all be redeemed by his love, death and resurrection.
In this station, Jesus has just died. We are overcome by grief. Our hearts and souls ache beyond any understanding. Our friend has been taken away from us. We are lost. The deserts of our souls and the dark pits of our hearts exhume all of our pains, both old and new. How could they do this to us? How can they take our Lord away from us?
This is it. This is the end… The end of Calvary at the top of Golgotha. We feel defeated, stunned, bereaved and aggrieved. How long will it last? How long can we take it? We silently ask. We know our Lord understands us. He has gone there before us and that is what makes it possible for us to journey over and over again through our own Calvaries.
Deep inside we know we are not alone, and that on the third day, night, week, month, decade or millennium we will be raised up by our Lord, Jesus Christ who in this station is dying on the Cross.
– Anahi Galante