Jesus Takes Up His Cross
Painting by Jen Norton
As a cross beam weighing over 100 pounds is placed on his shoulders, Jesus is utterly alone and left to carry his cross by himself. No one is there to ease the burden, to help lighten the load. What loneliness Christ must have endured, as he began his climb up Golgotha.
How have you been passive to your circumstances during this time? Or, how have you chosen to actually participate with them?
In the midst of this pandemic, we remember that Jesus stands with all who carry their burdens alone. We remember individuals who have lost their jobs and now shoulder financial burdens. We remember the elderly who can no longer receive visitors. As they carry these crosses in isolation, may we turn to Christ, who also shouldered his cross alone.
Pray in silence for the lonely, the elderly, and those with financial struggles.
When you’re ready, offer this prayer and move to the next station.
Prayer: We adore you, O Christ and we bless you. Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world. Amen.