Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Journeying the 14 Stations of the Cross…
I’d like you to go on a journey with me, a journey using our imagination, a journey dating back to the 1500’s a journey of The 14 Stations of the Cross that has been a mainstay of the Catholic Church spiritual exercise during the Easter Season. While we may not be members of the Catholic Church Jesus has journeyed with us all of our entire life and I think it’s appropriate for us to join him on an imaginary journey from his trial to the tomb. We will be using Creighton Universities webpage titled “The Stations of the Cross” (click for the webpage) as our guide.
In case you’re wondering, what can come from doing The 14 Stations of Cross Journey, Creighton University provides the answer. “The most important reason for reviving the practice of making the Stations of the Cross is that it is a powerful way to contemplate, and enter into, the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself to us. It takes the reflection on the passion out of my head, and makes it an imaginative exercise. It involves my senses, my experience and my emotions. To the extent I come to experience the love of Jesus for me, to that extent the gratitude I feel will be deep. Deep gratitude leads to real generosity and a desire to love as I have been loved.”**
To be honest this is a first for me. I’ve heard of the Stations of the Cross but have never really been serious about digging deeper into them or even writing about them. But out of my hunger and thirst for a deeper relationship with Jesus I think it’s time for me to walk with him (as best I can) through the darkest days of his short life on earth. Even though on the surface they appear to be dark days they are actually days of Light, Light we can use to both light and enlighten our days.
Holy Spirit, we are embarking on a journey, not a perilous journey filled with danger at every turn but a journey to the dark side of humanity one where we might even run into ourselves. It is a journey of sacrifice and forgiveness, a forever journey of death and life. A journey we need to make. Strengthen and accompany us every step of the way. Bless us with insight, a deeper relationship with Jesus and a deeper appreciation for God. Amen!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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**http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations.html. Used with permission.