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Stations of the Cross

BY SISTER HILDEGARD RYAN OSB

Sunday, April 1st, 2012 is Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord.

The readings are: Isaiah 50:4-7, Philippians 2:6-11,

Mark 14:1-15:47.

Lectio:  Read the Gospel from Mark 14:1-15:47.  This is Mark's account of the Passion and Death of Jesus.  Our response is to read it and be with it, giving it our solemn attention.

EVANGELIZATIO.  LET US TAKE TIME TO RESPOND TO THE Sacred texts.  THE WORD OF GOD IS IN MY HANDS TO DO IT.  BE DOERS OF THE WORD, NOT HEARERS ONLY. (Deuteronomy and James) – Evangelizatio is about the evangelization of the self – if this part of the overall prayer is omitted then the texts remain on the page in our Bibles. The Scriptures are given to us to call us forth!

I am responding to the words:  "Even to death on a Cross."  One of the prayers I value most at this time of the year is "The Stations of the Cross".  Something happens inside us when we make the Way of the Cross during Lent, or during Holy Week.  Since the 4th century A.D. Christians have gone to Jerusalem every year to walk the way of the Cross, or have walked the Way of the Cross in their own cities and Churches.  It is one of the deepest desires of Christians to follow their Lord as He goes to His death on the Cross. And it is one of the most magnificent witnesses of Christianity that people want to be with their Lord as He makes that final journey.  In making the Stations (Way) of the Cross, we are perhaps answering the question Jesus might ask of us, and ask of us as He comes to us in His wounded and needy, his sick and his lonely ones:  "Quis stabit mecum?  Who will stand with me? (Ps. 94:16)

(Lectio Divina is Holy Reading, that is, reading of the Sacred Scriptures.  It is a way of life, not a method of prayer.  It is about reading (and listening), reflecting, praying in tune with the Holy Spirit within me, resting in God, responding in the way I live, and continually pondering on the Scriptures).

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