2. UNDER THE YOKE.
One of the four gospel stories tells us that Jesus himself had to bear his cross to the place of execution. Thus it underlines that Jesus really takes upon himself what is awaiting him. It is known from many sources that convicted slaves - crucifixion was exclusively applied to slaves - personally had to carry the crossbeam to the place of their execution. Because of its weight and shape this could only be done by carrying it upon shoulders or back, whether as a yoke or otherwise. In this station Jesus takes the crossbeam on his painfully wounded back. This evokes recollections. This degrading and painful execution was the final consequence of the adverse position Jesus had taken against an authority that sought to prevent him from breaking the rules if that was what was needed to do good to people who could not do without the help of others. Particularly striking in this station is that the light is suddenly much brighter than in the two previous stations. Could Jesus be better off with a crossbeam than without it? Surely a heavy burden like a crossbeam cannot become light, nor can a hard yoke such as this become agreeable? What else could this bright light be suggestive of? Possibly it is the relief that befalls someone when internally accepting matters coming to him from outside.