Praying the Stations of the Cross allows each of us to build a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is an opportunity for us to follow the path that Jesus took in order to save us all. He suffered for us. Let me repeat that. He suffered for us. I know that I have heard this my entire life, but I still can’t even begin to imagine the pain that He went through all because He loves us. The Stations of the Cross help us all to build a better understanding of His sacrifice through the use of song, prayer, and scripture. It pulls us into the narrative of when Jesus was condemned to death and all the way through to when He was laid in the tomb. It challenges us. Who would you have been in the story? Would you have stood back in the crowd hoping to not be seen? Would you have spoken up? Would you have been one of those in the crowd condemning Jesus? Not only do the Stations of the Cross pull us into the story, but many times the reflections on each station are directly related to events going on in our lives today. The challenge is not only what would you have done then, but also what are you doing now.
I know that Lent can be a difficult time. There is a lot of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, along with the practice of “giving something up.” Sometimes we feel the conversion to live our lives more like Jesus did, and other times we do not. The Stations of the Cross can help those who feel a conversion deepen it. It can also be a good starting place for those who feel like this Lenten season has just gotten away from them. Wherever you happen to be, you will still be able deepen your relationship with Jesus and see the love that He has for you through the Stations of the Cross.
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us – Stuart Townend
How deep the Father's love for us How vast beyond all measure That He should give His only Son To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss The Father turns His face away As wounds which mar the Chosen One Bring many sons to glory
Behold the man upon a cross My sin upon His shoulders Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there Until it was accomplished His dying breath has brought me life I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything No gifts, no power, no wisdom But I will boast in Jesus Christ His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer But this I know with all my heart His wounds have paid my ransom