Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Second Station ~ Jesus Picks Up His Cross

HERE JESUS HAS PICKED UP HIS CROSS, the hill rises before him, and as he walks he pauses to look over his shoulder. His eyes are searching. What, or more importantly, who is Jesus looking for? Perhaps an old friend: Peter, Andrew, Thomas, Philip. Where has everyone gone?

Maybe Jesus is hoping to catch sight of his grieved yet consoling Mother. Or has a faithful friend called his name and he has turned, hoping to find a familiar face in the crowd? 

But remember when earlier in the Gospels, Jesus approached the potential disciples with the words, "Come follow me." And in another Gospel place where Jesus charged those who would follow him, that each would have a personal cross to pick up and carry. 

So maybe Jesus is looking back through all of time to this very moment, hoping to see my face among those who, rather than having run away in fear, have followed close by in humility, obedience and a deep love!


Our Father Who Art in Heaven...
Hail Mary full of grace...

Glory be to the Father...


  1. If only we could take the time to think of others even when we are bearing our own crosses. Led by the example of the suffering Jesus.

  2. Thank you for leading us through the Stations of the Cross day by day. I imagine myself before each station as I pray. And thank you also for this reminder that Jesus is seeking us out, as little as we may seem. Our love for him does not go unnoticed.

  3. Prayer is powerful because it helps to focus our attention on the source of life itself. It connects us to the God who brought us into this world, who loves us extravagantly, who offered his life on the Cross and then rose to bring us into eternity. Thank you for helping us to pray on our journey through this Lent.