Friday, April 8, 2011

The Fourth Station

The Fourth Station
Jesus Meets His Mother
Blessed Savior, your eyes meet your mother's and memories fill both your hearts.  " are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."  We give thanks for so great a love which bore you.  We give praise for so great a love which bears us.
Passion of the Christ movie

The above Station of the Cross meditation was written by my wife and I a few years ago during my brief tenure as a rector at an Episcopal parish.

I recall the stir that was caused when I replaced the 14 1970 poster board collection of social justice photos with traditional stations.  We also needed station booklets (for the 4 people who would attend) so my wife and I compiled and produced station booklets with scripture and prayers.

A couple of months later we went on pilgrimage to Medjugorje...and you know the rest of the story.

Yesterday I remembered this particular station while I lead youth and teachers on a day of retreat. The stations of the cross were large sculptures--certainly a lost art in many Catholic churches today.
We walked from station to station and took the time to just stare at the sculptures.  When we reached the fourth I asked them to just focus on the faces of Mary and Jesus.
After a short time a few of the kids dropped to their knees.

By the end of the 14th station everyone was on their knees.

Yeh.  Mary has a way of taking your hand.