Second Station : Jesus receives his Cross
So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own Cross, to the place called the place of a skull. (John 19,16)
“Surely he has born our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaia 53, 4-5)
And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny hiumself and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.” (Luke 9, 23-24)
O Glorious Cross, so long hoped for!
Painful cross, too heavy for my burnt out body.
Cross of torment that draws near.
I have never ceased to think of you.
You are the Cross of mankind's salvation.
With you I share the angusih of this world.
I offer myself to you. I give to you my flesh, and my blood;
I surrender to you my divinity.
You shall bear in yourself all of my joy, and all of my love.
Abba Father, you who desire to redeem humanity by means of this abomination, strengthen your child!
The cup that the Father has given me, shall I not drink of it?
Father… I am returning to You…
Thank you Lord
for having born this Cross of our misdeeds,
the Cross of mankind's sins.
Help us to embrace the cross that you send to us,
and sustain by your might all those who suffer
in either body, or soul.