“A man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” (Mk 10:17).

Jesus answered this burning question, which arises in the innermost core of our being, by walking the way of the Cross.

We contemplate you, Lord, along this path which you were the first to tread, and after which “you built a bridge to death with your Cross, so that men might pass from the land of death to the land of Life” (Saint Ephraim the Syrian, Homily).

The call to follow you is addressed to all, especially to the young and to those who are tried by division, wars or injustice and who fight to be signs of hope and builders of peace in the midst of their brethren.

We therefore place ourselves before you with love, we present our sufferings to you, we turn our gaze and our heart to your Holy Cross, and strengthened by your promise, we pray: “Blessed be our Redeemer, who has given us life by his death. O Redeemer, realize in us the mystery of your redemption, through your passion, death and resurrection” (Maronite Liturgy).

Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing with you the 14 Stations of the Cross, remembering the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The text comes from Stations of the Cross, Led by Holy Father Pope Francis in 2013. The meditations were written by Lebanese young people under the guidance of His Eminent Beatitude Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï.

The photos of statues and paintings depicting the Lord’s Passion are from two unique places. The paintings and the crucifix shown above can be found in the church at St. Stephen’s Mission on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The statues can be seen in San Luis, Colorado. Both of these places are worthy pilgrimage destinations.

Next: Station one – Jesus is Condemned to Death

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