The First Station: North Avenue
Jesus is at Trinoma, eating an insufficient Burger McDo dinner. He looks at the time. It’s rush hour.
The Second Station: Quezon Avenue
This is agony, Jesus thinks. The ABS-CBN employees squeeze against him. He knows this is where he’ll die.
The Third Station: GMA-Kamuning
The GMA employees force Jesus to ration his breaths. He feels pain, like a lance in his side.
The Fourth Station: Araneta Center-Cubao
Jesus relaxes as passengers alight, only for dozens more to surge in. His arms shoot up, reaching for the metal bar.
The Fifth Station: Santolan-Annapolis
Somehow, Jesus falls inside the MRT. No one helps him up. They are all watching K-dramas on their phones.
The Sixth Station: Ortigas
A man with a namecard that reads “Hi! My name is Simon” takes his foot off Jesus’s sandal. Thank you, Father, Jesus thinks.
The Seventh Station: Shaw Boulevard
A group of women forget that Shaw opens on the other side. They hit Jesus in the face as they pass through.
The Eighth Station: Boni
Jesus is stripped of his wallet. My God, why have you forsaken me?
The Ninth Station: Guadalupe
Someone opens one of the train windows. I will remember you when you come into my kingdom.
The Tenth Station: Buendia
Mama Mary and John the Beloved call Jesus’s phone. Jesus tearfully allows it to vibrate.
The Eleventh Station: Ayala
Ninety percent of the train rushes out. The earth shakes. Jesus cries out one last time and passes out.
The Twelfth Station: Magallanes
Jesus wakes up to find himself sitting down. The comfort is euphoric. He stretches his legs. I could sleep for three days.
The Final Station: Taft
Jesus exits, smelling like other people’s bodies. He looks at his phone. It’s a Thursday night on Taft Avenue. Alleluia.