Good Friday Reflection Station 2: Jesus Takes Up the Cross

from Joan Chittister, OSB

station 2Second Station: Jesus Takes Up His Cross


Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.



The second station teaches us that commitment costs. To choose one path in life from another is to choose its consequences. Real commitment implies that we carry the burdens of our choices in bad times as well as good, on difficult days as well as easy ones, in the face of opposition as well as at times of great public or popular support. We pay the price of being true to ourselves, of doing what must be done when doing what could be done would be so much easier. When Jesus took up the cross, all hope for a miraculous end to an impossible situation ended, both for him and for us.


Having begun a good thing, we ask ourselves, will we pay the price to bring it to fulfillment? It’s so easy to talk great virtue, so simple to begin a thing. It’s seeing it through the questions and criticisms and doubts and despair that really counts.



Jesus, when what I set out to do seems more than I can achieve, give me the courage to go on. Amen.


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