STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Part 1 — Jesus Is Condemned To Death, by Michel Quoist

From: Prayer On The Way Of The Cross

Christ is still dying.
He continues to offer himself to his Father for the redemption of the world through the men who today suffer and die around us.
The Way of the Cross is also the way to life; this a real Christian should never forget.

So it was, brethren, that when I came to you and preached Christ’s message to you, I did so without any high pretensions to eloquence, or to philosophy.  I had no thought of bringing you any other knowledge than that of Jesus Christ, and of him as crucified.  It was with distrust of myself, full of anxious fear, that I approached you; my preaching, my message depended on no persuasive language, devised by human wisdom, but rather on the proof I gave you of spiritual power; God’s power, not man’s wisdom, was to be the foundation of your faith. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

Lord, it’s too late for you to be quiet, you have spoken too much;
you fought too much;
You were not sensible, you know, you exaggerated; it was bound to happen.
You called the better people a breed of vipers,
You told them that their hearts were black sepulchers with fine exteriors,
You chose the decaying lepers,
You spoke fearlessly with unacceptable strangers,
You ate with notorious sinners, and you said that streetwalkers would be
the first in Paradise.
You got on well with the poor, the bums, the crippled.
You belittled the religious regulations.
Your interpretation of the Law reduced it to one little commandment: to love.
Now they are avenging themselves.
They have taken steps against you; they have approached the authorities,
and action will follow.

Lord, I know that if I try to live a little like you, I shall be condemned.
I am afraid.
They are already singling me out.
Some smile at me, others laugh, some are shocked, and several of my friends
are about to drop me.
I am afraid to stop,
I am afraid to listen to men’s wisdom,
It whispers: you must go forward little by little, everything can’t be taken literally,
it’s better to come to terms with the adversary….
And yet, Lord, I know that you are right.
Help me to fight,
Help me to speak,
Help me to live your Gospel
To the end,
To the follow of the Cross.

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