Christian Living Education
(Reflection Paper: Paschal Mystery of Jesus)
Jesthony C. Rodriguez
Sir John Paul Cabrera
The Paschal Mystery of our Lord Jesus Christ’s main subject is the Passion/Suffering, Death and Ressurection. The Passion includes the physical, spiritual and mental suffering of Jesus in the hours before and including his trial and execution by cruxification. One that comes with my mind is the “Stations of the Cross”. There are lots of events happen in the passion of Christ including the betrayal of Judas Iscariot by exchanging Jesus to the hands of Sanhedrin priests for a payment of thirty silver coins. When I hear the name Judas/Judas Iscariot, the first word that comes in my mind is “kiss” or “betrayal”. We all know how Jesus’s apostles flee while they arrest Jesus. Peter, who is also one of Jesus’ apostles, three times denies knowing Jesus but remembers Jesus’prediction when the cock crows. These events are also in the film Passion of the Christ. Here comes the First Station: Jesus is condemned to Death. We know that Jesus was judge by Pilate, the Roman Governor that time, decides Jesus was innocent, but the people that time were sinful, that they demand Jesus’death leaving Pilate to give them the choice of saving Barabbas or saving Jesus. This is the saddest part where the crowd chose Barabbas and send Jesus out to be crucified. Jesus is lashed and crowned with thorns. This shows Injustices (Pilate’s judgement) and how Jesus was humiliated that make me sad when I’m imagining it. Then the Second Station: Jesus carries his Cross; He accepts the entire burden upon his torn and bleeding body that makes me questions why he stay silent. Each movement of the cross drove the thorns deeper into his head. Then the Third Station: Jesus falls the first time, How he fell beneath the cross’ weight, makes me know that he shows me that he understands when I fall. He was not afraid to fall, to admit the cross was heavy. There are those in world whom my pride will not tolerate as I expect everyone to be strong, yet I am weak. I am really ashamed to admit failure in anything. I want God to help me and the other people who try so hard to be good but whose nature is constantly opposed to them living with confidence. His love for us gave him strength to rise from his fall. Then the Fourth Station: Jesus meets his afflicted mother, it’s sad to realize his pain caused Mary so much grief. Like our mothers, no one wants to see their child in such pain. It’s a humiliation for him when his mother saw him in such a pitiable state, so weak and helpless at the mercy of sinful crowd, and makes his holiness exposed to evil in all hideousness. “May God give perseverance to the sick so they can carry the cross of frustration and agony with love and resignation for the salvation of others.” Then the Fifth Station: Simon helps Jesus carry his Cross; I imagined Simon is unwilling to take part of his shame. He had no idea that all who watched and mocked at him would pass into oblivion while his name is now in the history and eternity as the one who helped God who’s in need. Maybe Simon was a symbol of all those who are hated because of race, color and creed? Then the Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, I’m very dissapointed thinking, where were all the hundreds of peoples whose bodies ands souls were healed by him? Where were they when he needed someone to give him the slight sign of comfort? My heart thrills with a sad joy when I think of one woman, Veronica, breaking away from fear and human respect and offering him her thin veil to wipe his bleeding face. Jesus’ image of torned face was imprinted upon it. It’s good thinking that Veronica forgets about herself and does such small act of kindness. I must admit, I have been among those who were afraid to know Jesus rather than like Veronica. She did not care if the...