Were You There?


13. Jesus Dies on the Cross. I am John, one of his closest friends. I stood at the foot of his cross with his mother. I witnessed his struggle to breathe as he… Continue reading

Were You There?


8. Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry his Cross. I am Simon. I was just minding my own business that day. That didn’t stop the soldiers from harassing me, making me carry… Continue reading

Were You There?


11. Jesus Promises Paradise to the Penitent Criminal. I was visiting Jerusalem for the Passover. I stood with the crowd the day Jesus of Nazareth was put to death. His enemies mocked him… Continue reading

Were You There?


4. Peter Denies Jesus. My name is Peter and I am waiting in the courtyard. I hear a cock crowing. Suddenly I remembered what Jesus had said … before the cock crows 3 times …… Continue reading

Were You There?


1. The Agony of Jesus in the Garden of Olives. I am James. It was a long day for all of us, and we were so tired. Now the Master wanted us to stay… Continue reading

Were You There?


6. Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns. I am a Roman soldier assigned to the garrison in Jerusalem. I have so often witnessed the torture of criminals, I have learned not to… Continue reading

Were You There?


Many years ago, when I was pastor at Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rocky Mount VA, I invited parishioners to pen some meditations on the Way of the Cross. I asked them… Continue reading

Immerse Yourself in His Passion


Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord With today’s procession into church carrying palm branches singing “Hosanna to the Son of David,” we begin our observance of Holy Week. The church asks… Continue reading

Life Among the Undead


Fifth Sunday of Lent Every time I hear of Lazarus, I think of zombies. So I watched an episode of the Walking Dead for the first time. If you’ve never seen it, take… Continue reading

Losing Sight–Gaining Vision


Fourth Sunday of Lent I’ve worn prescription eyeglasses since the first grade. I switched to contact lenses in college. Lately, I’ve began wearing reading glasses. At first, brighter lights helped. But nature reminds… Continue reading

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