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Fremont pastor's poetry of the Stations of the Cross

Rev. Antony Vazhappilly

Rev. Antony Vazhappilly, pastor of St. James the Apostle Parish in Fremont, was inspired to write the Stations of the Cross in verse. In the introduction to his volume of poems and prayers, "Stations of the Cross," he writes, "Several times as I wrote, I was emotionally shocked and I could not continue writing. I could feel the real pain of Jesus for a moment. … Look around, my friends, open your eyes. So many innocent men and women are condemned to die. They have no one to defend. They belong to the voiceless masses."

Here is an excerpt:

First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death
The Divine stood striped in front of the human,
The Creator was condemned to death by man.
All knew the judgment was totally unfair,
No one dared to challenge the verdict for fear.
Pilate examined and found in Him no guilt,
He was under pressure the Pharisees had built.
Washing his hands would not free him of his sin,
It was the Father's will that He die for our sins.
Pilate succumbed to people to save his name,
He killed his conscience for mere power and fame.
There are "Pilates" who're ready to steal and kill,
With greed and avarice their stone-hearts they fill.
Many innocent people die an unjust death,
There is no justice for those who have no wealth.
For their cause there's no one to stand up and fight,
Their daily life is in a terrible plight.
Many suffer today from sexual abuse,
They are voiceless and they can never refuse.
Still others go through emotional torture,
They suffer and die at rich people's pleasure.
No one can better understand human suffering
Than Jesus who took upon Himself all suffering.
He will not deny us justice in His kingdom,
One day we will be in the land of no problems.

Rev. Antony Vazhappilly

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