Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wood and Nails for the Carpenter

The Eleventh Station - Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you

R. Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Not through the palms of the hands, but at the wrists the nails were driven; spikes, really. Then, through the feet; four wounds, a fifth comes later. The wood touches his body as it had so many times in life. The wood of the manger, of the cradle, in the carpenter's shop, in the boats that were such a part of His friends lives and His own. Wood had always been a 'friend' to Him. The wood of the cross can be a 'friend' to us as well. Read the verse and response above again; it says a lot about what that cross is.