Eleventh Station of the Cross: Jesus is nailed to the cross.

The Eleventh Station — Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you — because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reading: When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” —Luke 23:33-34

Reflection: The soldiers drive the nails into Jesus’ hands and feet. Jesus could have called on the powers of heaven to stop such torture. Yet, because his love is so great, Jesus accepted the agony of this pain and suffering. It is one thing to carry a cross, it is another to be nailed to it. This is infinite love — a love beyond all comprehension.

Jesus, sometimes we hurt you and those we love. Sometimes our selfishness is so strong that we are not even aware of the pain we are causing others. Your example on the Cross calls us to empty ourselves in love, to let go of our ego and defensiveness and pride. For your faithfulness to God the Father and to us through your humiliation, suffering, and death — thank you. 

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