The Fifth Station : Jesus Receives the Cross
Leader : We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
All : Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
When they had finished making fun of Him, they took the robe off and put His own clothes back on Him. Then they led Him out to crucify Him.
Thus reads a part of the fifth station, which I was tasked to read during our office’s staging of The Stations of the Cross this afternoon.
Funny how the fates have seemed to conspire to make me the leader, when I haven’t been very religiously going to church, not like when I was a kid, who didn’t question the rituals and practices of the faith to which I was born in; who didn’t question anything and just obeyed everything. Nowadays I don’t really wear my current take on religion like some badge of honor--sometimes it all just becomes too tiring; sometimes you just want to go back to the carefree old days and throw all your issues to the wind. If only it were that easy.
Funny how of all the stations that could have been delegated to the library, it was this station that I was tasked to read. Funny, because I too, have been made fun of, and made to undergo an ordeal akin at some levels to the crucifixion our Lord underwent. Well I think I just committed blasphemy. And in print, too, dear Lord! Sorry Lord, but that was just how I felt, and still feeling til now, as the Ugly Sick Pig saga still have yet to end formally. Its six-month run all but drained the fire out of me.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen.