Station XI: Jesus is nailed to the cross
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
When they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him; and with him they crucified two criminals, one on the right, the other on the left, and Jesus between them. And the scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was numbered with the transgressors.”
They pierce my hands and my feet:
They stare and gloat over me.
Reflection: Mutual Recognition/”The Good Thief”
In this meditation from Pray as you Go, we are reminded of mutual recognition that is present in the scene reflected in this station. In the midst of the mocking, the humiliation, the ridicule: there is holy recognition of Jesus. And in that moment, is paradise.
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.