Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Eucharistic Way of the Cross: Eleventh Station

Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross

Jesus’ arms are stretched out on the wood of the cross and nails are driven into His flesh. His hands and feet are pierced as the hammer blows drive the shafts of metal through His skin until they penetrate through to the other side, pinning Him to the cross, where He awaits the peace that death will bring.

At Mass:

We all exchange a sign of Christ’s Peace.

Jesus extended His arms on the cross in submission to a violent death. The excruciating agony that He must have suffered at that moment earned for us our eternal peace in Heaven which we now eagerly await. As we gather for Mass and experience a foretaste of the Heavenly banquet, we offer a sign of that Peace as we extend our arms to one another in a handshake or a warm embrace.

We might think of our own hands as we turn to our neighbors to offer this sign of peace, and imagine how we might use our hands to do Christ’s work as His own hands are pierced and bleeding on the cross. His agony on the Cross, which was anything but peaceful, has purchased for us our lasting peace. We respond with the work of our hands.

[For an explanation of this series of meditations on the Way of the Cross, see this Introduction.]

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