He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. (Isaiah 53: 3)
At this point, the meditation of the Stations of the Cross slows down in comparison with the Biblical story. In the bible we race on to the crucifixion. But in the Stations we stop and imagine more of the journey there. Jesus has been flogged, and is carrying a wooden cross large enough to hold a man. He is human, and, as he walks, he falls.
This image is called ‘Choir of Survivors’. It honours civilians – ordinary people – killed or injured in the course of war.
In the telling of stories and in the remembering of history we so often give someone a hero’s death. For most people though, suffering is a quiet unremarkable thing. It goes unreported or gathered together in a list of names of strangers who happened to be on the same train, in the same street, at the same concert.
But suffering is not anonymous to God.
- Place yourself in the story of someone else’s suffering.
- Pray for them.