Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Station Three ~ Jesus Falls

JESUS HAS BEEN BADLY BEATEN and now he carries his cross. It is said that the crossbeam alone weighed about ninety pounds. So these are not little stumbles but increasingly repeated and exhausted collapses. 

Walking with Jesus, I may become aware of my own repeated falling - my inconsistencies, my weakness in prayer, my forgetting to attend to the things that matter most: "You have been told, O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8) 

In this painting, Jesus having fallen, looks over his shoulder - at me. He understands. In truth, my falls are not born of malice towards God but are more the result of inattentive haste, loneliness, self-centeredness, forgetting, anxiety or immaturity.

Oh Jesus, grow-me-up strong, awake and persevering!

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

1 comment:

  1. This Lenten journey with you reminds us of the brutality Jesus endured on his path to His crucifixion. Often times when we think of Easter and the Risen Lord we fail to recall the blood, the pain and the tears that came with Christ's passion. He endured this unfathomable suffering because of the love that God has for each and every one of us. Jesus understands us. With those words comes great comfort and consolation.