The Twelfth Station
Jesus is crucified and dies on the Cross
Imagine the agony of Jesus as the Cross is raised and roughly placed in the hole dug for it. How the nails must have torn the flesh in his hands! The three hours must have been almost unendurable and yet from the Cross, the words He spoke, so full of compassion, give us hope.
As we approach the end of our lives, let us remember always that our souls belong to God, and He wants us to return to Him. Through the suffering and death of Jesus, we have been given the tools we need for our salvation- no, it is not a guarantee that we will make it to heaven the day we die, as Jesus promised the thief, just as a hammer cannot build a house by itself, so we need to take up the tools of repentance, faith, hope, charity, humility and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and apply them to our lives, so that this cruel death will not have been in vain for our particular soul. He pleaded to the Father for forgiveness for us, let us plead also in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He gave us His Mother to help us, let us turn to her for help and comfort. He thirsted for souls- let us thirst for our own soul to be reunited with its Creator in heaven. When we are feeling forsaken and abandoned by God, let us remember that Jesus also felt that, but in the end, He placed Himself in God's hands and surrendered to God's plan of salvation. Jesus was fortified by His Divine nature- we have only the promise of eternal salvation in Heaven to strengthen us; the promise which sustains us in all our trials and grief, and also in all the good times of our lives.
O God, I plead for the grace of final perseverance, for myself and all my loved ones, and yes, even for my enemies. I wish that every soul would turn to You.