The Way of the Cross: Malcolm Guite’s ‘Stations of the Cross’ Sonnets (Part 2)
Last week we looked at the opening and closing sonnets of Malcolm Guite’s sequence “The Stations of the Cross.” We started with Pilate choosing to rebel against God who made him and who loves him, Pilate who condemns Jesus to death; we end with Mary Magdalene encountering the risen Jesus outside the tomb, Mary whose night of grief is turned to a new day of joy and life. In Part 2, “Encounter,” we look at the people whom Jesus encounters on the way to his death: his mother Mary, the women of Jerusalem, Simon of Cyrene, and Veronica.
In each of these encounters we can find ourselves, for as the liturgy of the Eucharist reminds us, we are all part of the body of Christ:
Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee
for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the
spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy
Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of
thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very
members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the
blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs,
through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. [...]
You can read the full text of Malcolm Guite’s “Stations of the Cross” sonnets on his blog, here:
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