Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Station Eleven ~ Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

EVEN THE SILENT GESTURES of Jesus have meaning. Look at the enormity of Jesus stretch! Maxed out, we say. So many of us tell of great losses: a loved one's sudden death; sexual abuse; a father never known, virginity foolishly given or stolen away; infidelities; addiction; a home ruined with fighting and divorce; emotional absence where I'd hoped for love.

And a great loneliness has perhaps overwhelmed me, making living and believing painfully difficult. But how is it, in this moment of my life, I have been put in contact with this picture, this meditation? Is it God's way of finding me, perhaps lost in an abyss?

In Jesus, God himself has opened his arms to the whole human race, including me? Like an eternal priest before the altar, with arms outstretched in prayer, Jesus welcomes me personally. 

This is a crowded picture. But I can push the ladder, skull and robe aside in the forefront of the painting. I might imagine right now entering the scene and quietly approaching Jesus who is wide awake in pain, cold and loneliness. He will whisper something for my ears only. Listen!

Our Father Who Art in Heaven...
Hail Mary full of grace...
Glory be to the Father...


  1. Jesus was nailed to the cross with his arms stretched out wide to show the world how much they were loved by God. Through his pain and suffering he still welcomed his children into his comforting embrace. We as Catholics wear our crosses with Jesus upon it to remind us of this love.

  2. As I enter the scene I think of our salvation, assured by God's grace and our faith in Jesus. Our messy lives are not miraculously straightened out because we do or say something for ourselves. Salvation is never Jesus, plus something else. It's not faith in Christ plus certain religious practices or a certain theological position. Salvation is what Christ achieved for us in His life, His death and His resurrection. God's gift of everlasting life is unconditionally available and free for all who accept it. I approach Jesus with these thoughts and I accept whatever whisper He grants me.