The errancy of life’s pleasures
As we walk the Stations of the Cross and live within the times Jesus falls, we must take a share of each step symbolizing our fault of sin.
We proclaim the bible is inerrant, that is without error throughout both the Old and New Testaments. While we read through these true events the accusations of our disobedience are placed upon each one of us. The enemy convicts us of our own weaknesses and pours guilt upon our consciousness. However, Jesus told Paul that it is through weakness where we find strength. “Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from becoming too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12: 7 - 9).
When Jesus falls, not once or twice but three times, each sign of weakness is a response to our need to stand up and continue to walk this path of his Passion.
The proclamation from Jesus, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn. 14: 6). If we ponder this as we walk each step through the Stations of the Cross, make this our mantra and as we fall mentally at each stop, let the dialogue of Jesus and Pilate become visible when Pilate asks, “What is truth?” (Jn. 18: 38).
Truth can be found in Jesus, who is the I Am.
Pleasures of life, the temptation to reject God’s presence. It began with the first sin of humanity and continues today, from the Passion of the Christ to each of us today. We must promote belief in the 40 days of Lent, via the Stations of the Cross, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and the fulfillment of the poor among us. Therefore, we will reverse the errancy of pleasure to the inerrancy of the Truth, who is Christ crucified/risen!
Ralph B. Hathaway