Ash Wednesday starts the season of Lent, and for me, a time to reflect and get back in touch with God. One of my favorite ways to reconnect with God, is by walking His walk each week during the Stations of the Cross. Each station allows me to take a step into what Jesus experienced during His Passion. Sharing this journey with my family and fellow parishioners reminds me of the unity mankind shares with Jesus Christ.
The Stations of the Cross give us a glimpse into our Lord’s life. With each station it is revealed to us how much Jesus loved us, how obedient He was to His father. Jesus was willing to sacrifice Himself for the good of mankind.
How many people do you know are willing to sacrifice themselves or something they cherish for another? I think most parents are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of their children. However, every day in the news we see stories where parents fail their own children.
What about people who are willing to sacrifice themselves for a stranger? What is it within a person that makes them willing to sacrifice their life for another’s? What is it that grows within a person to love another, regardless of who they are or what they do? It is hard to imagine loving every person on earth. (I’ll admit,
there are a lot of people in this world I don’t love). These are just some of the questions I ponder as I walk with Jesus.
I believe Jesus is showing us the way. He is trying to show us how to love one another in spite of ourselves. I fall short, yet I continue to go to the Stations of the Cross with the hope that the God will enlighten me…perhaps, some day. Until then, I will continue to walk the path before me seeking to know Jesus and to love as He loves.
Copyright 2010 Lori Lane Dyer
About the Author
Lorrie Lane Dyer is a facilitator for the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation with the University of Dayton as well as religious education and parish coordinator. She is working on her Masters of Leadership Development, with a focus in Military Chapel programs at St. Mary of the Woods College. Her faith provides her with inspiration for many of her poetry collections, columns and short stories.