“By his resurrection, Jesus Christ has set us free from the slavery of sin and death, and has opened before us the way to eternal life.
All of us, when we let ourselves be mastered by sin, lose the right way and end up straying like lost sheep. But God himself, our shepherd, has come in search of us. To save us, he lowered himself even to accepting death on the cross. Today we can proclaim: “The Good Shepherd has risen, who laid down his life for his sheep, and willingly died for his flock, alleluia” (Roman Missal, IV Sunday of Easter, Communion antiphon).”
In this image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, we see how He lowered (“humbled” himself as St. Paul tells us in Philippians 2) himself to a very humiliating and painful death on the cross. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus does this willingly out of love for his “flock” - the Church - to bring them back when we lose our way because of sin.
Many of our STM Spring Athletic teams have banded together for the SportsLeader Stations of the Cross Workout. This workout is both a spiritual and physical exercise meant to draw the person and team into the Stations of the Cross through prayerful meditation on the stations and through various exercises that will challenge the mind and will. In combining the spiritual and the physical, it reminds us that we believe that we are both body and soul and how Jesus’ Resurrection gives us this great hope and joy that one day both body and soul, we can be with Him in Heaven one day. The workout also helps us to reflect on what Jesus endured for us on the cross and offer up the various prayers and exercises for others as Christ did for us.
During Holy Week, our PE classes went through the Stations of the Cross Workout and discovered that this is definitely not for that faint of heart! As the students and staff prayed the various stations, they would complete some sort of physical exercise to “enter into” the physical hardships Jesus faced while carrying His Cross. For example: the 11th Station is Jesus being nailed to a cross. After prayerfully reflecting on the station, the students joined together to complete a 2-3 minute wall sit and did so in offering up the pain and struggle for someone else.
To see how our STM students did on this Stations of the Cross workout and challenge, click here to view the slide-show and reflections from some of our very own Sabers! The great joy we have in praying and even enduring the Stations of the Cross Workout is knowing that the pain, struggle, and ultimate death Jesus faced on the Cross was not the end. The cross was not a victory for anyone who thought it would be a “victory”, but it was Christ’s Resurrection who brings true victory over sin and death so that we may be drawn back to Him.
We pray that this time of Easter may be a time of great joy and hope for Christ has overcome sin and death! Let it gives us the great hope and joy as well at STM as we persevere through these last weeks of the school year glorifying and praising the Lord in all that we do united as one Catholic School.
See more information about the workout here @ SportsLeader.