So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. (John 19: 16b-17)
The whole idea of the Stations of the Cross connects to a path. Tradition (and tourism!) tells us that Jesus carried his cross along a path called the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. The traditional Stations of the Cross pictures take us, far though we are from Jerusalem, along that path. The path to the cross is a literal one; Calvary was outside the city and Jesus carried his cross to his own execution.
But the path is symbolic as well as literal. It reminds us that the path to death is the purpose of Jesus’ life, foretold with the myrrh that was brought at his birth. At any point along the path, if we look up, we see that the cross is what lies ahead.
- Stop and imagine that the path Jesus took walks through your life.
- What does it mean for you that if you look ahead, you see his cross?