The Eighth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross Luke 23:26 As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. Reflection What a shock this must have been for Simon! After traveling almost 1000 miles from Cyrene in northern Africa to Jerusalem (Cyrene is in northern Africa, where Libya is today.), he found the… Read more

If you are just joining this blog series on The Stations of the Cross, you can find the whole series to this point here.  As of Holy Saturday (April 23, 2011), this same link will be a permalink to the entire devotional series on The Stations of the Cross. Read more

The Seventh Station: Jesus Takes Up the Cross Mark 15:20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. Reflection Jesus had said this would happen. For quite some time he had predicted his suffering and death. The first time came right after Peter confessed him to be the Messiah. Jesus responded: “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by… Read more

The Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns Luke 22:63-65; John 19:2-3 Luke: Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” They kept heaping many other insults on him. John: And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to… Read more

My most recent column for the Patheos Preachers Portal is up. Here’s how it begins: Easter requires peculiar preaching. I don’t mean this in a negative way. I mean that preaching on Easter is unusual for a variety of reasons. Preachers would do well, I believe, to attend to the distinctive demands of Easter preaching, so that we might be faithful and effective channels of the good news of the resurrection. You can find the rest here. Read more

The Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate Luke 23:13-25 Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. I… Read more

As we come upon Holy Week, many of us wonder why Jesus was put to death. Some of us approach this question from an historical point of view: Why did the Romans put Jesus to death? Why did some of the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem work for the death of Jesus? We may wonder how Jesus himself understood the necessity of his death, since he spoke of it in the Gospels. Why did Jesus think he had to die? Others… Read more

The Fourth Station: Peter Denies Jesus Luke 22:54-62 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”… Read more

The Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin Luke 22:66-71 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of… Read more

The Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, Is Arrested Luke 22:47-48 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” Reflection A few years ago, there was much abuzz about Judas as Holy Week approached. With great fanfare, the National Geographic Society had… Read more

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