Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Thirteenth Station ~ Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross



AT THE END of Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ, there is a tableau - a scene in which the characters freeze, holding their position. It is a kind of painting, using film as the medium. Mary sits on the ground cradling the body of Jesus which is limp in death. Faithful friends, Magdalen and John look on close by. The only thing we hear is the wind in Mary's veil. She looks down at the face of her Son and then, slowly lifting her head, she looks directly at me, at you. Holding the pose and unblinking, her gaze seems to say, "All of the things you have watched along this way were done for you. Now you love him too."

Shh...

Our Father Who art in Heaven...

Hail Mary full of grace...

Glory be to the Father...

2 comments:

  1. Seeing Jesus laying there bloody and broken makes me feel ashamed of myself, for all the times I didn't help someone who was in need. And Mary pleading with us to love Him now, yet I know I will fail again despite myself. And yet, Jesus still loves us all.

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  2. When I saw the Passion of Christ for the first time, I was awestruck by the brutality. Even though I had heard the gospel readings my whole life and had seen other depictions of the crucifixion, this was eye opening to the severity of the physical and emotional pain suffered by our Lord. Your Stations of the Cross have really helped to remind me of this feeling and all I can do truly is contemplate in silence as you suggest. I hope that everyone following here is absorbing the depth of Jesus' journey to the Resurrection. It is one thing to know the stories, it is another to feel the passion of Christ's love upon us.

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