STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Part 14 — Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb, by Michel Quoist

stations of the cross 14 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.

In this mortal frame of mine, I help to pay off the debt which the afflictions of Christ still leave to be paid, for the sake of his body, the Church. (Colossians 1:24)

The sufferings of Christ, it is true, overflow into our lives; but there is overflowing comfort, too, which Christ brings to us. (II Corinthians 1:5)

Let’s forget it now,
And all go home.
He is buried and the stone is in place.
His family is in tears, his friends are lost.
This time it is really over.

Lord, it is not over.
“You are in agony till the end of time,” I know.
Men tread in relays the Way of the Cross.
The resurrection will only be completed when they have reached the end of the Way.
I am on the road; I have a small share of your suffering and the others have theirs.
Together we help you to carry the burden that you are have assumed
and made divine.
There lies my hope, Lord, and my invincible trust.
There is not a fraction of my little suffering that you have not
already lived and transformed into infinite redemption.
When the road is hard and monotonous,
When it leads to the grave,
I know that beyond the grave you are waiting for me in your glory.

Lord, help me faithfully to travel along my road, at my proper place
in the vastness of humanity.
Help me above all to recognize you and to help you in all my pilgrim brothers.
For it would be a lie to weep before your lifeless image if I did not follow you,
living, on the road that men travel.

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