Taking the Stations of the Cross to Heart

In his passion Jesus prays, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” Seeing a child suffer so intensely, one wonders how earthly parents could contain themselves without some form of desperate outbursts. To be scourged by an instrument designed to inflict maximum of pain. To be probed, pushed, hustled and abused to carry the heavy cross. His dignity violated as he was despoiled of his garments, an action which was painful in itself because it reopened the wounds where the garments, soaked in his blood, were stuck to his flesh. Then mercilessly, they drove nails through his hands and feet to transfix him to the cross. And finally, they raised the cross and saw him suffer intense pain for three hours till he was overcome by asphyxia.

How many times we have blamed God when calamities and disasters hit innocent people? We question how God answered Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane? The key to the mystery is in the last part of his prayer, “yet, not my will but yours be done.” The supreme consciousness, we may say, is detached from the tumbles of the world’s cause and affects. He is the essence of mercy and compassion, but He waits for all things to conform to His holy will. The will that is made holy only by His love. With our limitations we may not be able to fully understand God’s will. But, what He wills is for us is to be absorbed in His love. Everything is important to Him in that it inter-twines with His plan. Little bubbles form but fall back into the swirl of the refining wave of His intention. He can intervene in history at any time but chooses when and how in order to fulfil His purpose. He chose to send His Son into the world as our redeemer and had already chosen his role in human history. If His son could suffer the humiliations, temptations, thirst and the worst physical torture and pain, cannot we see the blessings in the cross we must carry as his disciples?