The Eleventh Station: Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross
March 18, 2016 Comments Off on The Eleventh Station: Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross
Artist: Caroline Borderies
Of all the stations, this one is the hardest to take in, the most violent and gruesome. Soldiers nail Jesus to the Cross, through his hands and feet. Even though it feels as if Jesus should be the subject of that sentence somehow, in order to tell the truth, it seems important that we realize that this was no “mistakes were made” passive voice act. People nailed Jesus to the cross. Whether they were following orders or took some perverse pleasure in the pain they were causing is beyond our scope to know.
There are many things in our lives that are bad luck or misfortune, a bad roll of the dice. Violence is not one of them. At Calvary as today, violence is always the work of our own hands. Extenuating circumstances notwithstanding, with or without the consent of the state, it is we who commit acts of violence. It is one of the indelible marks of our evolutionary heritage, one of the ubiquitous handmaidens of our society. The propensity to violence lurks just beneath the surface wherever there is fear or the desire to control or annihilate.
Yet there is no part of our humanity that Christ was not willing to assume, to enfold, to embrace, to endure in order to redeem us. Even this, the monster within. Nothing human lies outside his loving embrace. He turns even our cruelest impulses into the means of grace. In being loved by him and returning his love, we begin to lose our appetite for violence because we cannot hep but see him in every victim.
– The Rev. Gabriel Lamazares