Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Station Nine ~ Jesus Falls A Third Time

THE WORLD DOESN'T TOLERATE long explanations Even the products we buy are sold by a word or phrase: Just do it! And so, What is love? In a word? Generosity. 

Jesus changed copious amounts of water into a fine wedding- wine. That's generous. Jesus fed five thousand people with a little bit of bread and a few fish. That's generous. When the men lowered their paralyzed friend down through the roof in front of Jesus who was teaching, Jesus responded to the intrusion with compassion and healing. That's generous.

Now Jesus is exhausted and down on the ground a third time but struggles back to his feet to finish the work he was given to do: to love us into something new. That's generous. 

Jesus proposes only one question to the Christian wanna-be, and he proposes it by his own example: Am I generous? Truly.

Our Father Who Art in Heaven...
Hail Mary full of grace...
Glory be to the Father...


  1. What is the significance of the woman who is pulling at Jesus with a rope around his throat? It is most unusual.

  2. The total degradation of Jesus - that he is on a leash or a rope like an animal.

    1. Thank you, I imagine I found it unusual that a woman would be portrayed treating Jesus in this manner.

    2. It seems (at least through the eyes of this painter) that everyone got in on the act. We've all got a hand in it. I suppose too that in Jesus' patriarchal or male dominated society being degraded by a woman might add insult to injury. Ladies, take comfort in the women of Jerusalem who loved and mourned for Jesus.

  3. I am enjoying this series of Stations of the Cross. The array of pictures and your individualized take on each station is inspiring. Thank you so much!