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Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

April 16, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Thirteenth Station of the Cross When the lifeless body of Jesus was removed from the cross, the sorrow in the hearts of his friends must have been great. Did they know that this was all part of God’s plan? Did they see his weakness as true strength? Did they realize that he would rise from the dead and change the world? When grief is so new and so...

Jesus Dies on the Cross

April 12, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Twelfth Station of the Cross Jesus had to die so that he might rise again. It is the Resurrection that provides the meaning for the cross. Without Jesus’ rising, the events of the Passion are simply some grotesque sequence of man’s inhumanity toward man. Of course, true sacrifice does require that one dies to oneself. We must die to ourselves so that Jesus can live through us. Our...

Jesus is Crucified

April 9, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Eleventh Station of the Cross Can you hear the sound of the hammer on the nails? Can you imagine the spectacle of a public execution? Can you see the Savior of the world lifted high on a cross as he bleeds and struggles to breathe? The hymn “Were You There?” has no single composer. It was sung by 19th century African-American slaves and was first included in an...

Jesus is Stripped of His Clothes

April 5, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Tenth Station of the Cross The world can take many things from us: our wealth, our family, and our home. Our dignity is often the last thing we are able to hold onto. But imagine being publicly ridiculed and cursed and being beaten until you cannot physically defend yourself any longer. Then finally, you are stripped of your clothes, and you stand before the world naked. It is...

Jesus Falls the Third and Final Time

April 2, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Ninth Station of the Cross Jesus’ body could finally take no more, and it gave out on him. For the last time, he fell to the ground, this time unable to get up. He would meet his death in just a short while upon a cross. We can choose to look upon the Lord’s beaten and torn body, soon to be pierced for all eternity, and shudder in...

Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

March 29, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Eighth Station of the Cross On the road to Golgotha, Jesus stopped to console the grieving women on the side of the road. Jesus could not ignore their tears of despair. Even in one of his darkest hours, Jesus took time to stop and be present to those in need. Jesus not only gave the women his time and his presence, he quoted the prophets for them, teaching...

Jesus Falls the Second Time

March 26, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Seventh Station of the Cross Jesus must have hit the ground much harder the second time he fell. His bodily strength was quickly becoming depleted, and the pain of his joints must have been severe. However, once again he got back up and continued on his way. We know from the accounts in the Garden before his arrest that Jesus was afraid and asked God to remove this...

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

March 22, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Sixth Station of the Cross A woman in the crowd, moved by love, came up to Jesus to wipe away the dirt, sweat, and blood from his face. Someone steps forward to show Jesus just a little kindness, and he offers her the imprint of his face. One act of charity makes possible a response of love and gratitude. The imprint of Jesus’ face on Veronica’s cloth is...

Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

March 19, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Fifth Station of the Cross When Jesus seemed to lack the strength to continue on, it was Simon who stepped forward to help carry the cross. Perhaps he was compelled by the Roman soldiers to come forward, but nonetheless it was he who stood next to Jesus to help lighten the load. It was his actions that helped Jesus carry on and fulfill God’s will. Stewardship sometimes dictates...

Jesus Meets his Mother

March 15, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Fourth Station of the Cross How does a mother find the courage and strength to watch her child suffer and then be executed? Why should a mother ever be asked to do such a thing? Our Lady was there throughout her son’s turmoil. They comforted each other the best they could on that road to Golgotha. It is hard to imagine the pain in her eyes seeing her...