FOR a 20-year-old youth who played the role of Jesus in a drama portraying the events leading up to the crucifixion on Mount Calvary, the journey was not easy and at times he was tempted to just walk away.
Marcellin Tawake, of St Pius X Parish in Raiwaqa, Suva, said at times he cried and almost gave up, knowing Jesus had suffered much more than he did.
Mr Tawake was part of a 28-member youth group that performed a drama based on the 14 Stations of the Cross which were spread across the whole of Raiwaqa and Raiwai area yesterday. The first station of the cross, depicting the condemning of Jesus to death, started in the church compound and was witnessed by parishioners of the church.
The rest of the stations — the carrying of the cross, Jesus' first fall, meeting his mother, being helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross, Veronica wiping Jesus' face and, finally, the crucifixion — were acted out along Milverton, Nairai and Grantham roads.
The final station — that of Jesus being laid in the tomb — was enacted back in the church compound. "The experience was a painful one. This is the first time for me to play Jesus in the drama and it was a trying experience for me. At one point in particular when we were up to the Nairai Rd junction, one of the soldiers whipped my face and that was when I was just tempted to walk off.
"Instead I cried because I know that Jesus suffered so much and could not do anything about his suffering." The Lomaloma, Vanuabalavu lad said it was an experience of a lifetime as he was bruised, injured and bleeding during the Easter drama.