The Fourteen Steps


These fourteen steps that we are now to walk, we do not take alone.  Jesus walks with us.  And therefore His way of the Cross two thousand years ago and our “way” now are also one.  But let’s look at the difference.  His life was incomplete until He crowned it by His death.  Our Fourteen steps will only be complete when we crowned them by our life.
I.    THE LAST SUPPER
Our Lord and Master!  How tremendous is His love for us.  Up to His very Last Supper, He thought of our need to always remember Him in our hearts and to be nourished by His loving presence in the Eucharist.
II.   THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN
Jesus was left alone in a long horrible night.  His determination to do the Father’s will was His only strength.  Obedience cost Him His life for us, and yet how hard for us to bend!
III.  JESUS IS CONDEMNED
In Pilate’s hands, He saw His Father’s will.  Though Pilate was unjust, he was the lawful governor, and so Jesus obeyed.  If He could bow to Pilate rule because that was His Father’s will, how could refuse obedience to those whom He placed over us?

IV. THE SCOURGING AND CROWNING WITH THORNS
Jesus scorned and ridiculed was a target of mockery for all those around Him.  He, who passed through the world doing good and healing all our afflictions!
V.   JESUS TAKES HIS CROSS
That cross, that chunk of tree was what His Father chose for Him.  The crosses we must
bear are largely products of our daily life.  And yet our Father chose them too for us.
Receive them from His hand, He will not let our burdens grow one ounce too heavy for our strength.
VI.   JESUS FALLS
The God who made the universe and holds it in existence by His will alone became a man, too weak to bear a cross.  How human in His weakness is the Son of God.
VII.  SIMON HELPS JESUS
His strength is gone.  He could no longer bear the cross alone.   And so the legionaries made Simon give Him aid.  That Simon is like us.  Each time we lift some burden from another’s back, we lift with our hand the cross’ awful weight that crushes our Lord.
VIII. JESUS CONSOLES THE WOMEN
How often had Jesus longed to take the children of Jerusalem and gather them to Him.  But they refused. 
But now those women weeped for him and His heart mourns for them – mourns for their sorrows that would come.
IX.   JESUS IS CRUCIFIED
We can’t imagine what crucifixion is.  His executioners stretched His arms; held His hands and wrist against the wood, and pressed the nail until it stabbed His flesh.  Then, with one heavy hammer smash, they drove it through – and pain burst like a bomb of fire in His brain.
X.    THE REPENTANT THIEF
Turning to Jesus, of the thieves made a humble request for the Lord to remember him when the Lord come into His Kingdom.  There was so much faith and trusts in that man and believed in God’s mercy.
XI.    JESUS DIES
The cross became the pulpit then –
“Forgive them, Father…
You will be with me in paradise…
There is your mother…There…your son…
I thirst…
It is complete.”
And then, when He had borne enough, have emptied His humanity, He let His mortal life depart.
XIII.  JESUS IS BURIED
So ends His mortal life.  But now another life begins – for us!  His life’s work is done.  His work within and through his Church must now commence.  He looks for us, His other self.  Day in, day out, from this time forth, “be my apostle – victim – saint”.
XIV.   JESUS IS RISEN
“The grave could not hold Him, for God had decreed that He should live. And so He stands forth today upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory, acclaimed by God, acknowledged by angels, adored by saints, the living Christ.”

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