For those that missed last Sunday’s event (or want a refresher) the Stations of the Cross are prayers you meditate on to better understand how God literally showed you how to get through the tough times in life and to know that He Himself went through what you went through (and worse). Here He proves He loves you more than you know.
God’s #1 priority–God’s absolute favorite ‘daytime hobby’–is rescuing you from your misery, sadness, and sin. We can’t see this clearly because original sin has lowered our ability to trust God. That’s okay though, God never tires of spending His days trying to prove to you how much He loves and wants you (open your eyes, and find who and what shows you this).
BUT remember: love is hard work. There is nothing “cute” and “sweet” about Jesus’ time enduring the Passion. Stations of the cross show us that love is an ability and a strength more than a “giddy” feeling. So don’t expect anything that you love to come easy.
“The suffering makes the performance.”
Identify one of the Stations that you feel like you are going through at this moment and let it speak to you more. Whatever one is popping out at you, take it to personal prayer. Write about it, and talk to God about it. Then imagine Jesus actually going through it and relate it to how you are (or have) gone through it. Ask God to meet you at your station, teach you something about it, and give you the graces to be brave, strong, and heal.
Prayers for you all!! ♥
Stations Meditations here
Stations questions for you below…
First Station: Jesus is Sentenced to Death
Here Jesus practiced being humble
Do I ignore people at school or work? Do I ignore the person that no one talks to? Do I get bullied or humiliated in front of other people when I didn’t do anything wrong? Do I feel ashamed for loving Jesus sometimes? Am I afraid to stand up for Him in public?
Second Station: Jesus Carries His Cross
Here Jesus showed us how much He wants to help us carry the weight of our problems
Do I forget that Jesus carried the weight of my problems? Do I thank Him for it, and invite Him to help me? What kind of worries, fears, and sadness do I have?
How can I thank Jesus? Going to mass, praying more, helping others.
Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time
Jesus shows us it’s okay to fall and mess up
Was there a time I felt like I was failing in life? Do I ever feel like I can’t get back up? What temptations to give up do I face? Do I try to do what everyone else is doing, or am I a leader? Do I have hope that Jesus wants to help me?
Fourth Station: Jesus meets His Mother
Here Jesus reminds us how much Mary loves us and wants to help us
Do I experience loneliness? Do I remember that Mary wants to help bring me to her son?
Sometimes our own parents and friends don’t understand what we are going through, but there is always a mother in Heaven who is willing to help us, and knows what it is like to be lonely.
Fifth Station: Simon helps Jesus carry His Cross
Jesus shows us how important it is to have a great friend because we can’t do things alone
Do I have a friend who helps me during my hard times? Do I ignore others who need help and just stand in the crowd and think “someone else will do it?” Do I let what others think about me stop me from reaching out to others? Am I afraid that others will make fun of me weaknesses?
Do I need a friend? Pray for one.
Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Jesus shows us the greatness and beauty in a woman’s loving heart.
Do I respect others? Do I respect myself? Do I take care of myself? Do I just do things that make me happy and no one else? Veronica had courage to love Jesus and treat Jesus differently than everyone else—do I do the same to others?
Ladies: Does the way I live inspire men and dignify them, or cause them to sin?
Gentlemen: Does the way I view or look towards women give me strength or lead me to sin?
Seventh Stations: Jesus falls the SECOND time
Jesus shows us it’s okay to fall again, to be weak, and to ask God to give strength
Do I fail to follow through on my promises? Do I lie to the people I care about? Do I remember to be faithful even when I fail? Do I let embarrassment stop me from being myself?
Jesus was the Son of God. Even He fell during the hard times.
Eighth Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
Jesus told us the only thing to be scared of in life is living without Him
Jesus told these women “do not weep for me” because he said they should weep for them self because they might not be doing anything moral, and that is more sad than Him dying. He told them “you need to get yourself, and your friends, to Heaven.”
Death, hurt, brokenness, and fear isn’t the scariest thing in the world. Life without Jesus is the scariest thing in the world.
Do the things I watch, listen to, or do lead me away from Jesus? Have I allowed the words of the Gospel to have influence in my heart? Do I know I’m doing things that are wrong, and still doing them?
Ninth Station: Jesus falls for the THIRD time
This time, He shows us how heavy our hurts and sins gets when we don’t seek the help we need
It’s almost the finish line for Jesus but He is just so exhausted. Do I give up when it’s hard? Was it my sin that became too heavy that Jesus fell a third time? Why do I still struggle to follow Jesus’ commandments? What am I afraid of?
Do I need to go to confession?
Tenth Station: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Jesus’ dignity was robbed as they humiliated him, but shows us God knows what’s on this inside is more beautiful than the outside. No one can “strip” your loving heart the way they tear your clothes.
Do I judge others by the way they look or what they’re wearing? Do I think my self worth comes from the clothes I wear, and my good looks? Do I look on the inside of others and try to understand what they are going through
Do I only have a “crush” on the guys and girls who are good looking, or do I try to find someone who has a good heart and loves Jesus?
Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross
He loves you enough to face this awful “punishment”
Am I angry that all this happened to Jesus? Do I realize that Jesus did this to prove to me that He wants to forgive me and set me free?
Jesus died for you knowing you might never love him back. What does that mean to you?
Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the Cross
Jesus said, “it is finished.” Which really means, “You are saved, my love.”
“Jesus, help me never forget your love for me. Help me to know that you died for me. Fill me with comfort in knowing that I never suffer anything you don’t understand.”
Thirteenth Station: Jesus is taken down from the Cross
When it feels like there is no hope, Jesus keeps us waiting and trusting for the victory.
Even for Mary, all hope seems gone. She never stopped turning to the Father to help her, though. Do I turn to God when I loose hope?
Fourteenth Station: Jesus is placed in the tomb
Jesus reminds us that we have to learn how to let God be bigger than death because He conquered it.
How many times has death felt like the end? When I’ve lost a loved one it can be so hard to remember your victory. How often do I miss the opportunities to say, “I love you’ to those special people in my life? Do my family and friends know how I feel about them?
Nothing makes Jesus happier than turning to him and saying….
Jesus, I love you, I need you, and I trust you.