For Lent, RC Spirituality has published my Meditations on the Way of the Cross and Fr John Bartunek made an amazing audio recording.
In Meditations on the Way of the Cross, I try to provide an intimate setting for prayer, heart-to-heart you and Jesus. Jesus died for you personally and the cross is something that cannot leave any of us indifferent.
As a small teaser, I include the first station below:
1. Jesus is Condemned to Death
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Pt 2:22-24).
I sit as your judge, Lord.
Who are you? Who are you for me? With the high priests do I avidly plot your destruction? They see you as a rival who must be obliterated, a false prophet whose lies must be silenced. How dare you question their leadership and their holiness?
Pilate shoos you off to Herod, and when the problem returns, is too big a coward to follow his conscience.
And I—do I choose freedom for you or for Barabbas? Forgive me, Lord; so often I choose a kingdom of darkness over a kingdom of love. Like Pilate, I too am a coward.
But how do you face your judges? Why don’t you speak in your defense? One word would have silenced them all. Yet you accept the verdict as a free man—not because of today’s trial. Your true trial was last night in the garden, and there you received your sentence. “Father, …not my will but yours…” (Lk 22:42). “May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).
Pilate’s condemnation is but an echo of what you already know: this cup is not to pass you by.
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