Station I: Jesus is Condemned to Death
NOTE: Throughout this time, we encourage you to make this a practice. Slow down. Become aware of your breathing, quiet your mind, create a sacred time. It doesn’t need to get complicated. Ask God for awareness of what is ready to die. See if you might be willing to let go of whatever that is. Just consider it. If you become willing, seal it in the tomb with Jesus on Good Friday, let it go into the unseen. This may take a lot of breathing and letting God be God.
May God bless you, and keep you. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
// Text //
When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.” (Luke 22:66-71, ESV)
// Watch Brian Mclaren’s “Justice, Power and the Kingdom” Above //
// Reflection //
Power. How we wield power in any given situation speaks volumes about who we are as a person. Station 1 brings up questions like, What is the right and good use of the small amount of power we are entrusted with? How do I stand for justice? How do I empower the powerless? What does the way I live my life reveal about who/what I believe my ultimate authority is? According to Brian McLaren,
“God is the ultimate authority and power.” “Power is exercised in servanthood.” “Power is exercised in Love.” “God plays favorites with the weak and the poor.” “The Kingdom of God is about the power of love.”
Spend a few minutes searching yourself to learn how you wield your power. Where do you misuse power? Where do you take power from others? Whose voice do you make room for? Who do you empower? Consider dedicating 5-10 minutes to a focused meditation.
Consider one of the following statements to focus on, or create one of your own by way of a visio divina practice using the film or by lectio divina using the text provided for Station 1.
// Meditation Focus Statements //
“You are the truth, the light and the way,” or “Seek first God’s kingdom and his justice,” or “God you are my ultimate authority,” or “God, help me yield right power.”
// Silence //
// Blessing //
Jesus Christ crucified…
bless us though we curse.
Heal us though we injure.
Protect the innocent, accept the guilty,
and seeing that you are Truth,
exonerate the falsely accused—
Although the corrupt would hold all ofhumankind in contempt, you hold us shamelessly in your heart, and for this I thank you.