Way of Cross

Many churches, during Holy Week, set aside time for people to pray the Stations of the Cross. This medieval practice began as a chapel devotion, created by St. Francis of Assisi and has continued to flourish in many variant forms most notable in Rome, and Jerusalem as the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief).

It wouldn’t take much to notice that the focus of these gruesome images highlights one person’s suffering with the second main focal point placed upon the large wooden cross.

I can understand why many who have no religious background might look at the set of 14 images and wonder what this has to do with our lives today. People might look at the character of Christ depicted and note that Rome had fallen a long time ago, we no longer nail people to a cross, and we certainly don’t carry people into a stone tomb.

I sometimes wonder the spiritual reasons for participating in this yearly devotion. Is the focus centered around Christ’s suffering, and humiliation? Maybe the stations demonstrate the struggle between good against evil, darkness surrounding the light of God. Maybe it’s about sadness; grief over the fact that a healer and teacher was killed by his enemies? Maybe the stations are a good way to experience Easter morning; a vindication that the bad guys tried to kill the Son of God, and Jesus pulled a big sneaky switch rising from the dead to live again. Read More