Feel the Earth shake; smell the musk in the air; hear the painful cries and watch the tears fall down Mary’s face.
Suppose you were one of the disciples beneath the cross and were able to live and retain every moment of the crucifixion. That is essentially the Stations of the Cross: the weekly commemoration of the Passion of Christ.
In a culture where technology is available at every turn, we have the constant opportunity to relive our favorite memories. Want to watch your favorite television show again? Back it up and watch it repeatedly on your DVR. Play a YouTube video of a cartoon and instantly reminisce on your childhood. Browse through vacation photos and be reminded of every turn, every look and every adventure you’ve ever wandered on.
And so I ask you—why wouldn’t you want to remember that one moment, that one full day that forever changed history and furthermore humanity? For only an hour a week during the Lenten season, we have the chance to rewind, push play and walk with Jesus on his road to Calvary.
Modern society’s addiction to social media often stems from our desire of the unattainable. We have this unexplainable aspiration to visit places we’ve never seen and meet people we’re never destined to, solely through pictures. We fill our hearts and minds with elusive memories, sometimes holding on to them though we’ve never experienced them first-hand.
Stations of the Cross feeds that same indispensable need. Though the crucifixion occurred over 2,000 years ago, we are still able to fulfill that desire to visit the place and meet the people we were never destined to. It’s about capturing that memory through a spiritual, heartfelt prayer, morphing emotion into an incomprehensible blessing.
It’s one of the most powerful memories of the church that just like technology, is available to us at our fingertips. We may not have had the opportunity to physically be at Jesus’ feet at the cross, but the church gives us the chance to be there spiritually every Friday evening.