Last week, while vacationing in California, my family and I visited Mission Santa Inés in Solvang. Highly appropriate for the days just prior to Easter Sunday, we walked the Way of the Cross.
Each of the fourteen steps or stations represents a moment on the path that Jesus walked with his cross from Jerusalem, where He was condemned to death, to Calvary, where He was crucified.
As we stop at each of the stations, we somewhat literally "take up [our] cross and follow" Him (Mark 8:34). We can ask Him to be with us and the world in all our problems and difficulties, and we can thank Him for His sacrifice on our behalf.
At the end of this particular Way of the Cross, a painting of the Resurrected Christ reminds us of the hope and the joy that comes with Easter.
New life! Rebirth! A beginning, not an ending!