First Station – Jesus is condemned to Death

“This is my body, which is given for you… This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:19-20)

“Pilate spoke to them again, ‘Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews’. They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’. Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified” (Mark 15:12-13,15)

station1Jesus’ thoughts:

I just celebrated Passover with my disciples. I had eagerly desired this: my last Passover, before the passion, before my return to you! But then something went wrong. The devil put it in the heart of one of my disciples to betray me. In the garden of Gethsemane he came up to me. With a sign of love he said, “Greetings, Rabbi!”. And he kissed me. How bitter was that moment!

During the meal, I asked you, Father, to protect my disciples in your name, that they may be one, as we are one.

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