First Station–Jesus is Condemned to Death


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V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

The judge who committed the most monstrous professional crime in all history was not impelled to do so by the excitement of any burning passion. Nor was he blinded by ideological hatred, by craving for new riches or by the desire to please some great potentate. He was moved to condemn the Just One by fear—fear of losing his position for apparent lack of zeal for the prerogatives of Caesar; fear of causing himself political complications by having displeased the Jewish mob; and the instinctive fear of saying “no,” of doing the opposite of what has been asked of one, of facing the crowd with attitudes and opinions different from those that prevail there.

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For a long time, O Lord, Thou didst fix him with that look which in one instant worked the salvation of Peter. It was a look through which one could see Thy supreme moral perfection, Thine infinite innocence. But he condemned Thee anyway.

O Lord, how many times have I imitated Pilate! How many times, out of ambition for personal advancement, have I permitted orthodoxy to be persecuted in my presence without saying a word. How many times have I stood by with my arms crossed at the fight and martyrdom of those who defend the Church! I did not have the courage to give them even a word of support because of an abominable slothfulness to face those who surrounded me, to say “no” to those around me, for fear of being “different from the others.” As if Thou hadst created me, Lord, not to imitate Thee, but to slavishly imitate my companions.

In that painful moment of condemnation, Thou didst suffer for all cowards, for all weaklings, for all the lukewarm . . . for me, Lord.

My Jesus, pardon and mercy. By the fortitude Thou didst show me in braving unpopularity and facing the sentence of the Roman magistrate, cure the weakness of my soul.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.

V. Have mercy on us, Lord.

R. Have mercy on us.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

R. Amen.

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  • Robert Lincoln

    First Station today. Lat us never forget God’s Divine Mercy.

  • Eileen Burke Miller

    Should the month be April? My son and I will benefit from this!

  • That’s a beautiful mediation. It makes me think and pray not only for myself but for all those who lack courage to defend their Faith and speak the Truth. We will never grow if we don’t take risks. Lord always help me speak the Truth in Love.

  • Anne

    What a beautiful, deep meditation..I especially love that part which says that with one look one could see that perfection! How unhappy not to have seen those eyes yet! I cant wait…

  • Gary De Freitas

    Yes, very nice and a meaningful Mediation.The look of Christ, the same Look he gave the rich young man that asked, ” what he must do to inherit eternal life”? The judge missed his appointed time. Forgive us for being cold hearten and cowards.