SECOND STATION OF THE CROSS: I AM MADE TO CARRY MY CROSS
I AM MADE TO CARRY MY CROSS
The statue you're seeing now is the Second Station of the Cross, "I AM MADE TO CARRY MY CROSS," you are witnessing a powerful depiction of Jesus taking up His cross. This station represents the moment in the Passion of Christ when Jesus, after being condemned to death, is given the heavy wooden cross to carry on His shoulders as He embarks on His journey to Calvary.
The Second Station of the Cross calls for reflection on sacrifice, self-denial, and the weight of responsibility. It highlights Jesus' act of carrying the cross as the ultimate demonstration of love and obedience to God's will. Through this self-sacrifice, Jesus showed His profound love for humanity and His mission of redemption, offering forgiveness and reconciliation to all. The station invites pilgrims to contemplate the significance of this moment in their own spiritual journey.
As a pilgrim standing before this station, you are encouraged to draw parallels between Jesus' act of carrying His cross and your own life's experiences. Like Jesus, you may encounter trials, challenges, and burdens on your journey of faith. These could be in the form of personal struggles, difficult circumstances, or the weight of responsibilities you bear.
In the face of such challenges, the Second Station reminds you that you are not alone. Just as Jesus was strengthened by the presence of His Heavenly Father during His ordeal, you too can find strength and courage through your faith and connection with God.
The Second Station of the Cross serves as a call to imitate Jesus' example of love and compassion towards others. It reminds pilgrims to support and assist those who carry their burdens, offering a helping hand and a compassionate heart. By deepening their faith, embracing self-sacrifice, and trusting in God's divine plan, pilgrims are encouraged to navigate life's journey with love, courage, and resilience.
Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Response: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
Leader: Consider Jesus as He walked this road with the cross on His shoulders, thinking of us, and offering to His Father in our behalf, the death He was about to suffer.
Response: My most beloved Jesus, I embrace all the sufferings You have destined for me until death. I beg You, by all You suffered in carrying Your cross, to help me carry mine with Your perfect peace and resignation. I love You, Jesus, my love; I repent of ever having offended You. Never let me separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.