Monday, April 18, 2011
The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death
Before the Via Crucis really begins, Jesus has already been deprived of His friends who have all deserted him; He has already been beaten up by the Scribes and Pharisees. Now he stands before a governor who despite boasting the pomp and glory of Rome is powerless to do anything other than capitulate to the demands of the leaders of the people who are baying for Jesus' blood. An irony that the most powerful is incapable of administering justice. The Law can only convict, it has no power to save.