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 Leanna Myers '21
After many painful hours on the cross, Jesus dies. Jesus’ suffering is the ultimate demonstration of His love for us. Even in His death, Jesus forgave His persecutors. The sun went dark, and at the moment of His death, the earth shook. Everyone felt the magnitude of Jesus’ death.
Jesus offered His own life for our salvation. Jesus’ suffering and death reminds us of His humanity. Jesus exemplifies what it means to trust God. Jesus trusted the Father, even though it meant death. Because of this, we are saved. There are times in our own lives when our suffering makes it difficult to have faith in God. Jesus serves as a reminder that God has a plan for us, even if we don’t understand it.
I look to Jesus’ love and mercy on the cross for inspiration. As He was hanging on the cross, Jesus was lovingly thinking about Mary and his disciples. Jesus showed mercy to His persecutors and to the criminals who were also crucified. Jesus offered words of hope to the criminal saying, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me” (Lk 23:43). This reminds us of God’s love and mercy when we repent.
Jesus’ death is a demonstration of His great love.
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=12