XI - Station Jesus is nailed to the Cross.
Consider how the gruesome nailing of Jesus to the cross is still happening at various Golgothas around the world. In northern Nigeria, the Golgotha hill is fast expanding: From the Chibok village of the abducted young and innocent schoolgirls who are still in captivity, to Kafanchan and its Jema’a area, the bodies of Christians, stripped and charred like burnt offerings, litter the ground.
It is a vast Calvary hill where the hammers are repeatedly pounding on the sharpened nails, tacking the Mystical Body of Christ to the wood of the Cross and the sword of jihad piercing their sides. Then, consider the volume of the heartbroken lamentation of Mother Mary, now swelled by the sobbing of innumerable ‘Marys’ who are also mourning the fruit of their wombs.
It is a never-ending Day of crucifixion. And, God weeps.
You foretold of the time when believers in your name will be persecuted in the name of a god.
We testify to the truth of your warning.
But we also bear testimonwy that your word is eternal life.
Grant to your Church on earth, the grace to keep in mind the mystery of the ‘Empty Tomb.’
That as Christians partake of the cup of your Passion and Death,
they may also be sharers in your resurrection to eternal bliss.
By your grace, Lord Jesus, may the blood of our modern day martyrs renew and
strengthen the faith of the pilgrim Church on earth.
And may those who persecute the Church come to the knowledge that you,
Lord Jesus, are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…
Padre Isu Saliu