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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...

Glory and Sacrifice

March 13, 2019  •   Anna Carter For Sunday, March 17th, 2019  2nd Sunday of Lent  Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 Philippians 3:17—4:1 Luke 9:28b-36 Our contemporary American culture has a complicated relationship with sacrifice. Historically, our nation was built on it. Today we honor veterans, first responders, and others who risk their own lives for others. The concepts of taking gambles and working hard endure in the popular imagination. An entrepreneurial culture of gambling innovation is embraced by mainstream...

Jesus Falls the First Time

March 12, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Third Station of the Cross The weight of the wood, especially after the physical punishment at the hands of the Romans, was so great that Jesus fell to the ground. It was not the fall that was most significant, but instead, the fact that he got back up. It must have seemed like the weight of the world on his shoulders, but Jesus stood up again to continue...

Jesus Carries His Cross

March 8, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Second Station of the Cross Jesus placed heavy wood upon his shoulders and began a journey through the streets toward the place they named Golgotha. He certainly knew what awaited him there. Who would have blamed him if he offered some resistance? He could have shown the authorities that they had no real power over him. But instead, Jesus accepted his cross in spite of the fact that...