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March 22, 2013

TWELFTH STATION - Jesus Dies on the Cross

We adore You O Christ  and we Praise You
 R : Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Jesus Dies on the Cross


[Benedict XVI, Message for Lent 2007]

Let us look at Christ pierced on the Cross! He is the unsurpassing revelation of God's love, a love in which eros and agape, far from being opposed, enlighten each other. On the Cross, it is God himself who begs the love of his creature: He is thirsty for the love of every one of us. The Apostle Thomas recognized Jesus as "Lord and God" when he put his hand into the wound of his side. Not surprisingly, many of the saints found in the Heart of Jesus the deepest expression of this mystery of love. One could rightly say that the revelation of God's erostoward man is, in reality, the supreme expression of his agape. In all truth, only the love that unites the free gift of oneself with the impassioned desire for reciprocity instils a joy which eases the heaviest of burdens. Jesus said: "When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself" (Jn 12: 32). The response the Lord ardently desires of us is above all that we welcome his love and allow ourselves to be drawn to him. Accepting his love, however, is not enough. We need to respond to such love and devote ourselves to communicating it to others. Christ "draws me to himself" in order to unite himself to me, so that I learn to love the brothers with his own love.


Jesus was nailed to the cross. When his heart was pierced with a lance, blood and water flowed out symbolizing  the sacraments of baptism and eucharist. His bride was born. The separation of his dying  was necessary, so that he could empty himself into  his body the Church. This is his middle coming in the Eucharist. The Church is his presence in the world.


Prayer : Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of  Your son Jesus Christ our Lord. He is Love poured into the world through the presence of every member of His body the Church. Help every Christian to live up to this call faithfully every day, uniting our suffering with His suffering, bringing the hope of  salvation and reconciliation with You.


Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…………

Thirteenth Station


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