SECOND STATION -
JESUS TAKES HIS CROSS
“We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”
Regaining a little strength, I walked with the crowds
to the entrance of the square.
A door flew open
and my son stumbled out, the guards laughing behind him.
Two men dragged over a heavy wooden cross
and dropped it on his shoulders.
Then they shoved him down the road.
My pain for him was unbearable.
I wanted to take the cross from him and carry it myself.
But I knew this had to be so I walked on silently.
Lord Jesus, I beg you to forgive me
for the many times I have added more weight to your cross
by closing my eyes to the pain and loneliness of my neighbour.
Forgive me for gossiping about others
and for always trying to find excuses
to avoid certain people who wish to talk with me.
Help me to like Mary,
always seeking to lighten the crosses of others.
Forgive me, Jesus.