Image above – Station 2 Jesus takes up the cross
I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. (From Psalm 34)
‘For as rain and the snow come down from
heaven, and do not return there until they have
watered the earth, making it bring forth and
sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the
eater, so shall be my word that goes out from my
mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it
shall accomplish that which I purpose, and
succeed in the thing for which I sent it.’
The whole year has been like a stretched-out Lent, a time of constraint, of self-restriction, of waiting. What is the Spirit of God awakening in your soul as you wait? What seed germinates under the surface of the ground?
‘No longer does prayer bring an angel of dew to the heart of a fiery furnace, or close up the mouths of lions, or transport to the hungry food from the fields. No longer does it remove all sense of pain by the grace it wins for others. But it gives the armour of patience to those who suffer, who feel pain, who are distressed. It strengthens the power of grace, so that faith may know what it is gaining from the Lord and understand what it is suffering for the name of God.’ (Tertullian, c3rd)
‘Pray the in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.’ (Matthew 6.9-13)