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Via Crucis, Felix Anton Scheffler - 1757
Church of Saint Martin - Ischl, Seeon (Diocese of München) - Germany

Jesus dies on the Cross

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to John 19:25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother:
“Woman, behold your son!”
Then he said to the disciples:
“Behold your mother!”.
And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

From the Gospel according to Matthew 27:45-46, 50

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice:
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”,
that is:
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 
And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.



People foolishly thought: God is dead!
But if God is dead, who will still give us life?
If God is dead, what is life itself?
Life is Love!

So the cross is not God’s death,
but the moment when the fragile shell
of the humanity taken up by God
is shattered
and a flood of love bursts forth[1]
to renew all humanity.

From the cross was born the new life of Saul,
from the cross was born the conversion of Augustine,
from the cross was born the joyful poverty of Francis of Assisi,
from the cross was born the radiant goodness of Vincent de Paul;
from the cross was born the heroism of Maximilian Kolbe,
from the cross was born the amazing charity of Mother Teresa of Calcutta,
from the cross was born the courage of John Paul II,
from the cross was born the revolution of love:
so the cross is not the death of God,
but the birth of his Love in our world.

Blessed be the cross of Christ!

[1]  Jn 19:30.



Lord Jesus,
in the silence of this evening, your voice is heard:
“I thirst!  I thirst for your love!”.

In the silence of this night, your prayer is heard:
“Father, forgive them!  Father, forgive them!”

In the silence of history, your cry is heard:
“It is finished”

What is finished?
“I have given you everything, I have told you everything,
I brought you the most beautiful message of all:
God is love!  God loves you!”

In the silence of the heart, we can feel the caress
of your final gift:
“Behold, your mother: my mother!”.

Thank you Jesus, for giving Mary
the mission of reminding us each day
that the meaning of everything is to be found in love:
the Love of God planted in the world
like a cross!
Thank you, Jesus!

[2]  Jn 19:28.
[3]  Lk 23:34.
[4]  Jn 19:30.
[5]  Jn 19:27.



Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
morientem desolatum,
cum emisit spiritum.


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