Editor's note: Beginning Friday, Feb. 19, and continuing through Good Friday, April 2, Delone Catholic students will be reflecting on the Stations of the Cross. Look for new reflections every Monday and Friday.
By Victoria Staub '24
How can suffering be a positive thing?
The Eleventh Station, Jesus is nailed to the cross. At this point in Jesus’ long journey of suffering, He has finally reached the end.
When you think of suffering, what is the main feeling you get? It’s usually negative because suffering is pain. Jesus had a lot of suffering in His life, especially leading up to this point where He carried His own Cross. When it came time to be at His worst state of suffering, He was offered bitter gall. Jesus didn’t take it, but instead He chose to feel all of the pain of the Crucifixion, all for us. As we reflect on the Crucifixion, it’s a difficult and almost sickening thing to think about, but Jesus wants us to feel comfort and gratefulness.
Suffering often teaches a lesson, but the process may be painful mentally or physically. For example, if you are riding your bike and go down the path you aren’t supposed to because it’s dangerous and you end up getting hurt, the next time you’re riding your bike, you will hopefully not go down that path because you learned your lesson after having the accident. God’s plan is for us to learn from our mistakes because we have Original Sin and free will which makes us suffer and grow.
We are human, and we suffer often from making mistakes, but we have free will that allows us to learn from those mistakes. Jesus lets us suffer for the benefit of us, and in the end, there will be no more suffering.
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.https://www.catholic.org/prayers/station.php?id=11