Friday, March 21, 2008

Jesus Falls For the First Time

The Third Station of the Cross

Reflection: Jesus falls for the first time. Jesus has fallen while carrying his cross. Shouldering a burden that weighs heavily upon him, it's not hard to imagine why he fell in the first place. He not only was beaten and tortured prior to the trials that brought him this far, but it's also our burdens that he carries with him as well. O God, how much our sins weigh upon Jesus as he takes them with him to his death. We must wonder how much he takes upon those mighty shoulders of his with also the weight of the wood of a natural cross. Our hearts should be as heavy as we too journey along with Jesus and fall under the weight of our sins as we realize what we truly do to Jesus when he only wanted to help and free us of these sins. We see him fall, we gasp in outrage, but do we take that step that will restore his strength so he can help us carry our crosses as well as his.

Prayer: Please say an Our Father and Glory Be

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