Monday, April 18, 2011
The Second Station: Jesus receives the Cross
Jesus is already weakened by an ordeal that has seen him flogged, crowned with thorns and mocked. His back is bleeding from the scourge; His face is black and blue from the hands of the pharisees; His forehead is scratched and bleeding. Now, He receives this dead weight of wood to carry - He does not run away from it but accepts all the suffering imposed upon Him with meekness, trusting in His heavenly Father throughout the very tribulation that He prayed He would not receive in the Garden of Gethsemane a few hours ago. He accepts His Father's will.