Good Friday is the day of the liturgical year set aside to remember the gruesome details of our salvation. We shouldn’t dwell too much on the road to the cross, but we should not forget the power of it either.
Jesus beaten, whipped, mocked, and nailed to the cross. It’s important to remember that though he was(is) fully God and fully human, he suffered that day as a human. His agony was real.
When in the garden he wept tears of blood, the sin of the world – past present and future – was being put on his shoulders. When he took our sin on, God turned away from him. His disciples ran away. He was utterly alone.
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:40-41
As I think about today, I am filled with sadness for the Lenten promises I did not keep and for the sins I’ve committed, offending him. I’m that sleeping disciple, willing but weak in my flesh.
Stations of the Cross
- Opening Prayer
- 1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death
- 2nd Station: Jesus carries His cross
- 3rd Station: Jesus falls the first time
- 4th Station: Jesus meets his mother
- 5th Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross
- 6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
- 7th Station: Jesus falls the second time
- 8th Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
- 9th Station: Jesus falls a third time
- 10th Station: Jesus clothes are taken away
- 11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross
- 12th Station: Jesus dies on the cross
- 13th Station: The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross
- 14th Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb