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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Thirteenth Station ~ Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross

HUMAN HATRED HAS REACHED a high point. Jesus, who is God come into our world, to find, restore and love us into a new kind of creation, is crucified to his death. But in the face of this awful hatred we see God's still more tremendous love. "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." (John 15:13) 

Here in this descent from the cross, Rembrandt has placed himself as a young man tenderly and closely embracing Jesus. In truth, we were all at the cross on Good Friday. By my folly and wandering I stand alongside those who hated Jesus on that day.  

But now, in this very moment, I can move to the side of love, estranging myself from sin and by practicing goodness - even to the renewal of my mind. I have before me a decision, the decision to make for good choosing or bad choosing.

Oh Jesus, I place myself on the side of love. Speak to me too the words you addressed to the imploring thief,  "Today you will be with me in Paradise!" (Luke 23:43)


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


  1. There are times when we do find ourselves among the crowd surrounded by mocking hatred. It is hard not to join the majority wave and rather to stand up in the name of the ridiculed, the harassed, the looked down upon. But if we would only take a moment and think of Jesus. Then maybe we would find the strength from within to show the love that we all deserve as God's creations.