Station 11

XI. Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Having been stripped of His clothes, Jesus is now nailed to the Cross with the three nails - one for His Feet and two for His Arms.  Christ meekly offers Himself as the soldiers drive the nails into His Flesh.  The one soldier, by tradition called St. Longinus, is kneeling by the side of Christ.  Already he is being called by Jesus to adore Him.  This soldier will thrust his lance into Jesus' side so that no bone of Christ's is broken.  In these difficult times, all of us need to pause and reflect - as St. Longinus did - on what part we are called to play in the salvation of the world.