We carry the saving cross through the roads of the world.
Through the alleys of poverty and misery.
Marching to a dawning day to freedom and victory,
To God’s life and endless glory.
We adore You, O Christ, and bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. (Matthew 27:22-23,26)
It was as though we were all condemned to death. The Ebola virus arrived suddenly and without warning. They would not let us leave because of the danger of infection that was all around us. “Let nobody leave, whoever does leave will not return again.” Children were weeping in their homes, with no one to console them, because their parents have died and no one was allowed to enter their home because of the outbreak. It was an invisible executioner, sentencing to death everyone it meets. People did not talk to one another, did not touch one another; we couldn’t even give the sign of peace during Holy Mass. Ebola was a death sentence to our people.
Jesus, how you must have felt alone and abandoned when you were condemned! You were sentenced to death without doing any wrong like many victims of diseases and epidemics. Lord, help those who suffer from life-threatening illnesses to discover a Christian meaning to their suffering, which is sometimes a long via crucis of pain and loneliness. Let them know, Lord Jesus, that, united to your Via Crucis, they can redeem the world together with you.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…
Adapted. Original text by Fr. Maurizio Boa & Maria Lozano