The First Station — Jesus is Condemned to Death
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you — because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Reading: They shouted again, “Crucify him.” Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged, handed him over to be crucified. —Mark 15:13
Reflection: By the time Jesus stood before Pilate for his sentencing, he had already experienced pain and suffering. He was betrayed by one of his closest friends, mocked and arrested for committing no crime, and forced to wear a crown of thorns. Yet, despite his innocence, Jesus freely accepted the judgment placed on him.
Do we, like Pontius Pilate, cave to the pressures of this world and fail to speak up for those who need our voice? We hear stories of our brothers and sisters killed in the Holy Land for practicing their faith, we see images of children dying from starvation, we watch as more lives are taken by senseless gun violence. Yet, we remain silent and wash our hands of responsibility.
Jesus, help us see that we belong to one another and grant us the courage to raise our voices and make your love known in this world. For the times we have failed to stand for truth, forgive us.