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Friday, March 21, 2014

Station Two ~ Jesus Carries the Cross




GOOD FRIDAY WAS AN ANGRY DAY, Jesus picking up his cross, surrounded by angry guards and the vulgar crowd. But of course, Good Friday didn't have a corner on anger - anger is everywhere and everyday. Why do we resort to anger so easily? We even celebrate anger and feed it.

Anger is a cloak used to cover our own powerlessness. But as he embraces the cross, Jesus wants me to pay attention to that powerlessness. Indeed, Jesus claims that only God has real power. If I am going to follow Jesus in discipleship then I have to find my way through this seeming contradiction of the Gospel:
"Then Jesus took a child and placed it by his side and said, 'Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.'" (Luke 9:47)

Oh Jesus, 
obedience to you 
requires the vulnerability 
of living without claims to power.

At times the best I can do 
is simply to walk beside you
as with baby steps,
trusting you understand.

3 comments:

  1. Anger runs rampant in our lives. We feel and see it when we wait in line, when we drive on the crowded freeways, when someone misunderstands us and becomes impatient. Thank you for this reminder to stop and think what Jesus would do if he were here.

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  2. I'm very moved by this remarkable painting. For me it functions as a mirror for all of the harmful things I am capable of at any time when I am disconnected from the realization, at the center of my life, as in the painting, of my Christ-self. Here is where I accept suffering so that I may become free from suffering. Jesus is mirror of my anguish as well as mirror for the freedom of my human life beyond anguish. Look at the peacefulness of His face in this painting! My realization is that my suffering and emancipation are one inseperable reality. We can not see beyond this because of our limitations. We can only just keep trying. Thank you for posting this most amazing painting. Who is the artist? -Karen

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  3. The painting is titled: Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) or simply Christ Carrying the Cross. The artist is Hieronymus Bosch (c 1450-1516).

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