STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Part 12 —Jesus Dies On The Cross, by Michel Quoist

stations of the cross 12 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.

He dispossessed himself, and took the nature of a slave, fashioned in the likeness of men, and presenting himself to us in human form; and then he lowered his own dignity, accepted an obedience which brought him to death, death on a cross. (Philippians 2:7-8)

We too must be ready to lay down our lives for the sake of our brethren. (1 John 3:16)

A few hours more,
A few minutes more,
A few instants more.
For thirty-three years it has been going on.
For thirty-three years you have lived fully minute after minute.
You can no longer escape, now; you are there, at the end of your life,
at the end of your road.
You are at the last extremity, at the edge of a precipice.
You must take the last step,
The last step of love,
The last step of life that ends in death.
You hesitate.
Three hours are long, three hours of agony.
Longer than three years of life,
Longer than thirty years of life.

You must decide, Lord, all is ready around you.
You are there, motionless, on your Cross.
You have renounced all activity other than embracing these crossed
planks for which you were made.
And yet, there is still life in your nailed body.
Let mortal flesh die, and make way for Eternity.

Now, life slips from each limb, one by one, finding refuge in his
still-beating heart,
Immeasurable heart,
Overflowing heart,
Heart heavy as the world, the world of sins and miseries
that it bears.

Lord, one more effort.
Mankind is there, waiting unknowingly for the cry of its Savior.
Your brothers are there; they need you.
Your Father bends over you, already holding out his arms.
Lord, save us,
Save us.

He has taken his heavy heart.
Alone between Heaven and Earth,
In the awesome night,
With passionate love,
He has gathered his life,
He has gathered the sin of the world,
And in a cry,
He has given ALL.
“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”

Christ has just died for us.

Lord, help me to die for you.
Help me to die for them.

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