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Go to Joseph

December 4, 2012

Go to Joseph
and do whatever he tells you
-Genesis 41:55

The Old Testament Joseph sold the people food
in the midst of famine,
ultimately accepting their livestock, land
& finally the people themselves in payment for nourishment
(see Genesis 47:16-26).

When we “go to Joseph”
–either one–
he will tell us the same thing.
For the sake of our soul’s nourishment,
we must be sold-out to God–
lock, stock and barrel!

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Stations of the Cross–Typology

March 30, 2012

A scriptural rosary that used readings (types, foreshadowings)
from the Old Testament inspired this week’s meditations
on the Stations of the Cross during my time of Eucharistic Adoration
in the chapel of the school where my prince teaches:

1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world
(at this point in each Station, I kiss the ground,
as I would if I were in Jerusalem, walking the Via Dolorosa–
which is what the Stations are meant to represent)

Jesus bore the weight of condemnation, rejection,
heavier than the cross.
He’s silent. Abandoned.
Like David accused, cursed on his way out of Jerusalem
(2 Samuel 16:5-13);
like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego “condemned” for holiness (Daniel 3, 6);
like Joseph (Genesis 39:6-21), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38), the Maccabean martyrs (2 Maccabees 7), etc.
We can expect holiness to be rejected by the world.
We don’t live by their standards.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

2nd Station: Jesus takes up His Cross
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Go to work with a will.
Build the ark (see Genesis 6, foreshadowing of the Church,
which saves us from the flood of sin)
carry the wood of the sacrifice
(see Genesis 22, foreshadowing of Calvary),
build the temple (I Kings 5:15ff, foreshadowing of Jesus’ Body,
the Church).
Take it openly, with anticipation of enjoying successful completion.
When we shrink from work, shrink from our cross, Lord Jesus crucified,
have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

3rd Station: Jesus falls the first time
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

No work is done in human strength–no work that’s eternally worthwhile.
Human strength must fall down in Adoration,
in dependence on the divine.
Only then can it rise.
In creating man, God lowered Himself to the dust of the earth,
to lift him up (see Genesis 2:7).
In recreating man, God again lowers Himself to the dust of the earth,
taking it upon Himself in human flesh
(the Incarnation, see Philippians 2:5-7)
and in landing in it as He falls under the weight of the Cross.
When we try to do Your work in our own strength, Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

4th Station: Jesus meets His mother
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Strong mother of the martyred seven (2 Maccabees 7).
Rizpah standing with the sacrificed (2 Samuel 21).
Courageous, encouraging holy heroism.
When we try to discourage others
from standing firm in the Faith under pressure,
Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

5th Station: Simon of Cyrene is forced to help Jesus carry the Cross
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Lot unwillingly taken by the hand and led out of Sodom,
protesting all the way (see Genesis 19);
Jonah protesting his mission of salvation (see the book of Jonah);
prophets (even Moses!) trying to get out of their God-given mission
(see Exodus 3:11, 4:10; Jeremiah 1:6).
When we protest the good You ask of us, Lord Jesus crucified,
have mercy on us

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

6th Station: Veronica wipes the Face of Jesus
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Rahab sheltering the spies at her own risk (Joshua 2);
the widow of Zerephath giving her last bit of food and drink to a foreigner (I Kings 17:8-24);
the Shunamite woman preparing a permanent guest room for Elisha in her home
(see 2 Kings 4:8-37);
Rebekah watering the camels (see Genesis 24).
They were rewarded!
When we fail to give generously to God’s chosen in need,
Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

7th Station: Jesus falls a second time
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Remember man that you are dust and to dust you shall return.

I lie prostrate in the dust:
give me life according to Your word
-Psalm 119:25

When we forget that we are but dust and ashes, Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

8th Station: Jesus meets the weeping women of Jerusalem
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Lamentations, weeping over Jerusalem;
Rachel weeping for her children–
she cannot be comforted, for they are no more
(see Jeremiah 13:15).
When we weep more over our earthly loss than heavenly,
Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

9th Station: Jesus falls a third time
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Cast to the ground to plead for mercy–for us.
When we neglect to humble ourselves before God, Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

10th Station: Jesus is stripped of His garments
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Joseph stripped of his long tunic (see Genesis 37);
Shebna stripped of his office (see Isaiah 22:15-25);
David stripped of his kingship (see 2 Samuel 15:13-16);
every father whose son usurped his authority (Noah, Genesis 9:20-25; Israel, Genesis 34, 35:22, etc.).
When we rebel against legitimate authority,
Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

11th Station: Jesus is crucified
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Isaac tied on the wood (see Genesis 22);
Joseph cast into the cistern to die (see Genesis 38:22-24);
the paschal lamb sacrificed (see Exodus 12);
the serpent lifted up in the wilderness (see Numbers 21:4-9).

They have pierced my hands and my feet.
I can count all my bones
-Psalm 22:17-18

When we are rendered helpless, Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

12th Station: Jesus dies on the Cross
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Why was it, sea, that you fled,
Jordan, that you turned back on your course?
Mountains, that you skipped like lambs,
and hills, like yearling sheep?
Tremble, O earth, before the Lord!
-Psalm 114:5-7

(the earth quaked when Jesus died, see Matthew 27:52)
When we fail to tremble before You in the awe of adoration,
Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

13th Station: Jesus is taken down from the Cross
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

They shall look upon him whom they have pierced.
They shall mourn for him as for an only son.
-Zechariah 212:10-11

I saw water flowing from the temple.
-Ezekiel 47

(Blood and water flowed from Jesus’ pierced side–
the temple of His Body, see John 2:21; 19:34)
When we mourn, Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…

14th Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Tobit risked his life to bury the dead (see Tobit 1:16-2:8),
Daniel was closed in the den of lions (see Daniel 6);
Israel and Joseph were taken back to the Promise Land for burial
(see Genesis 50:12-13; 24-26, Exodus 13:19; Joshua 24:32).
The first land Abraham owned was a grave for his wife, Sarah
(see Genesis 23).
When we lack the reverence for the body
requisite to honorably bury the dead,
Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…


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