Jesus dies on the cross, and I will end my post on the stations here.
We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World
These stations of the cross are not simply a historical commemoration, they exist today.
If the tenth station of the cross are the screams when all human dignity is stripped away, the eleventh is those screams falling onto deaf ears. Jesus is nailed to the cross. Indifference, arrogance, selflessness, apathy, greed, ignorance. Someone can and should take the hammer away from those who propagate human indignity. Inaction drives the nails through Christ into that cross.
Jesus is stripped of his clothing, and here (hear) screams indignity. Here are the screams of the victims of rape, and of violence. Here are the screams of those innocent victims of war. Here are the screams of the indignity of homelessness. Here are the screams of those who suffer the torment of domestic violence. Here are the screams of those who fall victim to human trafficking. They are the screams of indignity that surround us.
For this the third fall of Christ, I think people can fill in their own reason for the fall. Not every fall a person encounters is due to an injustice, and not every fall requires a rallying cry. Many falls are the simple inconveniences of life and death. The toddler making their first step, and the elderly reaching for a cane. Every day occurrences that simply knock someone down for a while. They don’t always require the bold heroic effort either, simply an extended hand is all that is needed. Its not always the big falls, sometimes it’s the little trips and stumbles that could use a little help.
Jesus speaks to the holy women. Yesterdays Mass of Holy Thursday has become a small focal point of Women’s liberation within the Catholic Church. The point is made that they also should have their feet washed, and that ritual should not be dominated by men. When Jesus spoke to the Holy Women, they were not in power, yet I wonder if they were really helpless? Many times those that give aid to someone carrying a cross do so silently, often unrecognized, and do so behind the scene. They do not attract much attention, but usually accomplish the most. Those Holy women should be remembered for the way they brought about change, and they also should be remembered for the change they did truly bring about. Would it be wrong to associate the Holy Women with quiet diligence, dignity and determination?