Central African Republic

Twelfth Station: JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

21 Mar , 2017  

HYMN:

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.
 

PRAYER BEFORE EACH STATION:

We adore You, O Christ, and bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
 

READING:

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” That is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “This man is calling Elijah”. And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him”. And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit”. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”” (Matthew 27:45-50,54)
 

REFLECTION:

(IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE SUFFERING CHURCH OF AFRICA)

Death on a cross… A terrible way to die but a seemingly logical conclusion when a crowd cried out “crucify him!” (Luke 23:21)

These sufferings and this shameful death, Jesus still experiences this today, he who said: “’Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40. Anyone who we inflict suffering on or anyone we kill, it is Jesus we are inflicting the suffering on and it is Jesus we are killing. Unfortunately more often than not we hear of abductions, murders and decapitations for reasons only known to the executioners.

Even today Jesus dies on the cross every time shots are fired and many innocent people, children included are displaced leaving behind their belongings to seek refuge in refugee camps or to strange places away from the wars, armed militias and tribal and ethnic conflicts.

Even today Jesus dies on the cross when children and adults are accused of witchcraft and are rejected by their family and by society.

 

PRAYER:

Jesus you know how to forgive, give us your loving heart so that we can love our neighbor. Teach us to forgive and to offer forgiveness. Mary you who have been given to us as our mother, pray for us and protect us. That we may become sowers of peace and of reconciliation wherever we go.

 

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…

Padre Edouard TSIMBA
 

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