Taken from The Pilgrim’s Guide: Cursillos in Christianity
1. Jesus is Condemned to Death
Jesus stands before Pilate… A struggle is being waged between God and the World, represented by Christ and Pilate. We must choose one of these two. Either I’m with the world, which laughs at Christ and condemns Him to death, or I’m with Christ who loves me. I know the one I have often chosen in the past. Lord, I am sorry. Yet, whose side will I be on tomorrow? Lord, say that I am not of the world. Make me realize that it isn’t possible to serve two masters.
2. Jesus Takes Up His Cross
The Lord longingly receives upon His shoulders the Cross of my sins; sins that I committed and for which I did not repent. He made up for them. He paid my debt. My sins were upon His shoulders. This makes me His executioner. I wish now, to learn from Him and follow Him with my cross, my own cross, with the one He carried. Lord, I wish to be your disciple; I wish to deny myself, and take up my cross.
1 Peter 2:21-24
3. Jesus Falls The First Time
He fell because the burden of my sins laid heavy on His shoulders. He fell so that I might not be discouraged when I fall. If life for me is a burden, if I fall; I must remember my cross was heavy on His shoulders. He carried on His shoulders my sins, my weaknesses, my failures…because He is my Brother, and He walks through life with me, at my side. He carries my life and my works in the form of a cross upon His shoulders. Lord, help me to lighten your burden by doing my part.
4. Jesus Meets His Mother
Seven swords pierce the heart of His mother. It is I who pierce that heart; I am the one who drags her Son through the streeets of Jerusalem. I made her grieve. Yes, I am the one with a hardened heart. How easy it is for me with the burden on the shoulders of our Lord! How easily have I pierced the tender heart of His mother: Lord, permit that my heart of stone may become a heart of compassion.
5. Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
Selfishly, like Simon, I look at Jesus with His burden. The soldiers had to force Simon out of his shell of indifference, to take up the cross of Christ. Shall not my love and contrition force me to abandon my selfishness and indifference, that I may help to carry His cross. The cross is life and salvation, and I have need of it. Yet, I know it not. Christ, my Brother, let me share your cross.
1 Corinthians 12:12-14
6. Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
What a coward I am. A coward like all those who stand by and watch the procession to Calvary. I am a coward because I do not confess Christ before men. I dare not leave the crowd like Veronica to wipe the face of Christ. I dare not be Christlike before other men. I dare not be merciful and wipe the faces of so many others who suffer. Lord, make me brave, that I may be able to proclaim You before the world.
2 Corinthians 4:10-15
7. Jesus Falls a Second Time
Humiliated, Christ falls at the feet of the soldiers. “I do not come to be served, but to serve.” Jesus is despised by men and trodden under foot that I may learn to trample the attractions of the world; Lord, that I might learn to crush selfishness…my pride… and be humble. In the Eucharist, Jesus offers Himself to His disciples that all may partake of Him. Yet how often I ignored this gift of love. Lord, I do not wish to be greater than You. Teach me to be humble.
8. Jesus Comforts the Women of Jerusalem
Rather than the tears of mankind, Christ prefers our conversion; a conversion flowing from contrition. This He expects from me. Sensible piety is Christlike. We shrink from what He demands — sacrifice and heroic virtue. Many cried when they saw Jesus pass by, but few followed Him. There are too many dried branches on the vine, and not enough living branches. Lord, look at me and transform me. You know the weakness which keeps me from followng You. Call me as you did Lazarus — “Arise and walk.”
9. Jesus Falls the Third Time
Once more Christ falls to the ground, yet He rises again to give me a lesson in heroic virtue, and perseverance. I grow weary walking Christ’s way. I get tired of following Him. I get bored with virtue. Just as Christ rose from each fall, so must I learn to rise from sin. This, Lord, is what I want, to rise again, no matter how long the struggle, Lord, when you see me falling deeper and deeper into sin, losing my trust in You, stretch forth Your hand to help me. Let me hear your sacred words. “Oh, you of little faith, why do you doubt?”
10. Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Christ is stripped of all. He is freed from the garments of the world. Would that I were free from sin. Jesus, poor and lonely stands naked before me and my love of the world. But as for me, I am rich, pampered. For my faults, injustices, and evil desires, Jesus suffered poverty, digrace and loneliness. Christ continues to suffer these things in the image of His poor — in the members of His Mystical Body. Lord, will I ever learn the meaning of your poverty? Your humility, your love? Speak Lord, your servent listens.
11. Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
The hammer falls. The nails pierce the Body of Christ. His feet are fixed, His hands are nailed, His arms are outstretched. And I am there in the front of the mob and call You to come down from the cross. But You do not come down. What would happen to me if You had come down from the place which I really deserved? The punishment which I deserve, You have taken yourself. No, Lord, do not come down, but take me with You, so that my spirit may grieve and my flesh may become pure.
12. Jesus Dies on the Cross
And having cried out with a loud voice, He bowed His head and died. Into the hand of His Father, Christ commended His spirit; into the hands of men He placed pardon. He has fulfilled everthing…there was nothing more to give. Do I have no regard for the death of Christ, our Lord? Looking at me from the cross, with a heart filled with love, He says, “I thirst.” “I thirst for You.” Daily, His sacrifice is renewed upon the altar, and daily I sin. Lord, how long will I continue to sin?
13. Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross
In the arms of Mary lay the Body of Christ. In silence she embraces Him and weeps. “Behold my son, the One I loved and cared for.” Mary, it was I who crucified your Son. I crucified Him with my sins, my lukewarmness, my injustice, my cowardice, and my hardness of heart. Yes, it was I, Mary. You gave Him to me and I crucified Him…In silence she holds Him and weeps. Jesus was dead. And I, seeing this, will contiue to sin?
14. Jesus is Buried in the Tomb
The tomb of Christ was a tomb of hope; the silence before victory; darkness pierced with light. It is yearning for the resurrection…like the Eucharistic Tabernacle, the mystical sepulchre of Christ, with its colsed doors, expressive silence, its promises of life.
The guards stood vigil, and I shall also watch; the women waited, and I shall also wait; I shall wait for the dawn of the day when my resurrection comes, when I will see Him face to face. I shall wait for His Divine embrace wich shall last forever. Come Jesus. Let the dawn of your day break through. Come, Lord Jesus, Come.
15. The Resurrection and Ascension
We encounter the Risen Christ in His Body, the Church; in the Liturgy; the Sacraments and in all His members. Lord, help us to see you in your least and neeiest members and to love you in them.
1 Corinthians 15:12-20