Stations of the Cross Bernardin

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fifteenth Station — Jesus Is Raised From The Dead, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace Brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and in which you stand firm. You are being saved by it at this very moment if you hold fast to it as I preached it to you.  Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  I handed on to you first of all what I myself received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried and, in accordance with the Scriptures, rose on the third day; that he was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve.  After that he was seen by five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still alive, although some have fallen asleep.  Next he was seen by James; then by all the apostles.  Last of all he was seen by me, as one born [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fourteenth Station — Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace Joseph of Arimathea laid Jesus’s body in a tomb hewn out of the rock, in which no one had yet been buried. That was the Day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was about to  begin.  The women who  had come with him from Galilee followed along behind.  They saw the tomb and how his body was buried.  Then they went home to prepare spices and perfumes.  They observed the Sabbath as a day of rest, in accordance with the law. (Luke 23:53-56) The Shadow of the Cross Falls Upon Our Joys and Sorrows The Gospel of Saint John (11:1-44) focuses on the theme of life and death.  Jesus learns that his beloved friend, Lazarus, is seriously ill, but he waits two days before setting out for Bethany, where Lazarus lived. [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Thirteenth Station — Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace There were also women present looking on from a distance.  Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James the younger and Joses, and Salome. These women had followed Jesus when he was in Galilee and attended to his needs.  There were also many others who had come up with him to Jerusalem.  As it grew dark (it was Preparation Day, that is, the eve of the Sabbath), Joseph from Arimathea arrived – a distinguished member of the Sanhedrin.  He was another who looked forward to the reign of God.  He was bold enough to seek an audience with Pilate and urgently requested the body of Jesus.  Pilate was surprised that Jesus should have died so soon. He summoned the centurion and inquired whether Jesus [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Twelfth Station — Jesus Dies On The Cross, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace Near the cross of Jesus there stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. Seeing his mother there with the disciple whom he loved, Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, there is your son.”  In turn he said to the disciple, “there is your mother.”  From that hour onward, the disciple took her into his care.  After that, Jesus realizing that everything was not finished, said to fulfill the Scripture, “I am thirsty.”  There was ajar there, full of common wine.  They stuck a sponge soaked in this wine on some hyssop and raised it to his lips.  When Jesus took the wine, he said, “Now it is finished.”  Then he bowed his [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Eleventh Station — Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace When they came to the Skull Place, as it was called, they crucified him there and the criminals as well, one on his right and the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.” It was now around midday, and darkness came over the whole land until midafternoon with an eclipse of the sun. (Luke 23:33-34a, 44) The New Covenant is Sealed With Jesus’s Blood In the covenant God promises to take care of his people as a shepherd cares for his flock.  The people, on their part, take on the responsibilities of observing God’s law, which in turn teaches them how to live in right relationships with him and with one another.  The covenant is sealed with [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Tenth Station — Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace After the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments and divided them four ways, one for each soldier. There was also his tunic, but this tunic was woven in one piece from top to bottom and had no seam.  They said to each other, “We should not tear it.  Let us throw dice to see who gets it.”  (The purpose of this was to have the Scripture fulfilled: “They divided my garments among them; for my clothing they cast lots.”)  And this was what the soldiers did. (John 19:23-24) Faith and Goodness Triumph Over Evil A friend of mine brought back a book of photographs that he bought at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.  Its title is The Holocaust, and it was published by the Martyrs and Heroes [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Ninth Station — Jesus Falls For The Third Time, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace I am like water poured out; All my bones are racked My heart has become like wax melting away within my bosom. My throat is dried up like baked clay, my tongue cleaves to my jaws; to the dust of death you have brought me down. (Psalm 22:15-16) The Cross is Difficult But Also Sweet and Easy The cross is a symbol of suffering and death as well as victory.  The cross, in so many ways, is reflective of life – both its agonies and its ecstasies.  For the person of faith, despite all the suffering, it is ultimately both the symbol and cause of victory.  In recent months the cross, my brothers, has never been more difficult or sweeter to me. My spiritual journey goes back for many years.  But it did not really [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Eighth Station — Jesus Meets The Women Of Jerusalem, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace A great crowd of people followed him, including women who beat their breasts and lamented over him. Jesus turned to them and said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me.  Weep for yourselves and for your children.  The days are coming when they will say, ‘Happy are the sterile, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’  Then they will begin saying to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’  If they do these things in the green wood, what will happen in the dry?” We, Too, Struggle With the Forces of Evil We humans are deeply alienated from ourselves and from God, who is the source of all life, when we do not reverence, [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Seventh Station — Jesus Falls For The Second Time, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace When the just cry out, the Lord hears them. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; And those who are crushed in spirit he saves. Many are the troubles of the just man, But out of them all the Lord delivers him. (Psalm 34:18-20) We Encounter the Cross in Our Daily Lives At times when we think about taking up our cross daily, we may first think of the discomforts or problems we face each day.  We may think of a chronic illness, a recurring headache, or a digestive problem.  We may identify our cross as a difficult person in our lives – a brother or sister, a co-worker, a neighbor. But when Jesus talks about our daily cross, he is truly referring to the difficulties and obstacles we encounter in striving to live [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Sixth Station — Veronica Wipes The Face Of Jesus, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace Come.  You have my father’s blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, In prison and you came to visit me. (Matthew 25:34-36) God’s Love Moves Us into Courageous and Creative Service My friends, the greatest romance we will ever experience is God’s passionate love.  The greatest adventure is the journey into his kingdom.  The greatest achievement is to live as a faith-filled brother or sister of Jesus, the savior.  The greatest challenge is to carry on Jesus’s mission and ministry, incarnating his [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fifth Station — Simon Of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace As they led him away, they laid hold of one Simon the Cyrenean who was coming in from the fields.  They put a crossbeam on Simon’s shoulder for him to carry along with Jesus. (Luke 23:26) Jesus Shows Us How to Be Instruments of God’s Love When faced with adversity, some people question God’s fairness.  When faced with a serious problem, others blame their forebears or their peers.  When confronted with social problems associated with great poverty, some people withdraw into the comfort and security of their own homes, overwhelmed by their perceived powerlessness.  When asked to contribute to a charity or to volunteer their time and talents, still others, enslaved by selfishness, complain that they do not [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fourth Station — Jesus Meets His Mother, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “this child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed – and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword – so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare. (Luke 2:34-35) Mary is a Woman of Strength and Courage One cannot really understand our Christian faith unless one accepts and appreciates the Incarnation.  The pivotal point of our faith is the fact that God redeemed us by becoming one of us.  God’s son, Jesus, took his flesh from the Virgin Mary, and he redeemed us through his humanity: It was through his Passion, death, and resurrection that he reconciled us with his father.  As Paul told the [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Third Station — Jesus Falls For The First Time, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace Have pity on me, O God, for men trample upon me; all the day they press this attack against me. . . . O Most High, when I begin to fear, in you will I trust. (Psalm 56:2, 3) Faith is a Great Gift to be Lived Saint Paul reminds us that faith is a great gift, a gift to be treasured but not a gift to be put away.  It is rather a gift that is to be lived, to be put into practice, if it is to be alive and effective.  This is the challenge we all face: How do we deepen our own faith so that we can put it into practice?  How do we live as examples of faith to others?  How do we best hear and respond to the call of God in our lives? Jesus extends the call to each of us to follow him and hopes that we will respond.  [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Second Station — Jesus Bears His Cross, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace Finally, when they had finished making a fool of him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucifixion. (Matthew 27:32) Suffering and the Cross are at the Heart of Christianity Suffering and the cross are at the very heart of the Christian faith.  In his letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 1:22-25), Saint Paul tells us about the paradox of the cross.  Suffering and death are signs of human weakness, defeat.  It is for many an obstacle, a scandal, a stumbling block.  But Jesus turned suffering and death into victory. If we are to share in that victory, we, too, must be willing to take up our cross and follow him.  There are, of course, many costs, and risks [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: First Station — Jesus Is Condemned To Death, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

From The Journey to Peace Pilate addressed them again, for he wanted Jesus to be the one released.  But they shouted back, “Crucify him, crucify him!”  He said to them for the third time, “What wrong is this man guilty of?  I have not discovered anything about him that calls for the death penalty.  I will therefore chastise him and release him.”  But they demanded with loud cries that he be crucified, and their shouts increased in violence.  Pilate then decreed that what they demanded should be done.  He released the one they asked for, who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder, and delivered Jesus up to their wishes. (Luke 23:20-25) Jesus Accepted the Price of Being a Prophet The Gospels often portray Jesus [...]