1st prel. Stat.
2nd prel. Stat.
3rd prel. Stat.
The 3rd preliminary Station:
Coming to Jerusalem from the shores of Caesarea was never a joyful experience for the Roman Procurator. He knew quite well how these
people were always trying to get things done their way and no matter how hard
he tried he always did it the wrong way. And on these occasions, when the
city bustles with people coming from all over the empire he had to come here
and from the window of his quarters keep looking down at the courtyard of the
Dear Jesus, who can describe the pain under the lashes? An still you stood
there tied down and receiving the blows from the zealous soldiers who went even
to the extent of crowning you with thorns. They wanted to mock you and like the
Jewish guards at Caiaphas house humiliate you. And still you stood there and I
am sure that facing Pilate at that terrible moment you were pleading with him
without saying a word. But he did not hear your "silent voice". Instead he
heard the screams beneath the fortress. And again you heard in silence the
words of the prophet: "I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to
those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and
spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.
He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us
face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! It is the Sovereign
Lord who helps me. Who is he that will condemn me? They will all wear out like
a garment; the moths will eat them up" (Is 50,6-9). Dear Jesus, teach me how to
bear in silence all pain.
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