April 2, 2017
March 28, 2017
My Dear Parishioners,
One of the many great devotions in the life of the Church is the Stations of the Cross. For some reason the Church’s public praying the Stations usually is celebrated only during the season of Lent. When I arrived at St. Sebastian’s I discovered that the Stations of the Cross were prayed on Monday evenings.
I have come to the conclusion that Monday evenings might not be the most convenient time to pray the Stations of the Cross. Some parents already bring their sons and daughters to religious education classes on Mondays by 4 pm. They find it difficult to get their son and daughter, have dinner and then return to St. Sebastian’s church either for Mass at 5:30 or for the Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m. So I think next year I will change Stations of the Cross from Monday evenings to another night.
The Stations of the Cross tell a story. They begin with the first Station of Jesus being condemned to death by Pilate. Jesus is then forced to carry his cross (which should give us comfort as we struggle to carry the crosses we have in our lives). During the Stations Jesus falls three times. As sinners we too are weak and at times experience weakness in the face of temptations. Jesus encounters different people along the way. These people (Mary His Mother, Veronica, Simon of Cyrene, the women of Jerusalem, and Joseph of Arimathea) remind us of the many kindnesses we receive from different people along of life’s journey. We also see Jesus stripped of his clothing, nailed to the cross, spit upon and humiliated. There are many lessons we can learn as we watch Jesus experience these things in His life. Jesus finally dies on the cross. Jesus faces His death with conviction that God His Father would take care of Him even in death.
The Stations of the Cross is our story. Please mark your calendars so you can attend Stations of the Cross on Good Friday when we celebrate this great meditation! Let us walk this road together in Holy Week which is only two weeks away!