Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Ninth Station ~ Jesus Falls the Third Time

JESUS FALLS UNDER the power abuse surrounding him. Power is a great temptation. At the fruit tree in the Garden of Eden, the serpent said to Eve, "God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods.. (Genesis 3:5) 

You've got the power, the commercial declares. Some people delight in the idea of our America being the world's remaining Superpower. "Let me talk to your manager," the disgruntled power connecting customer demands. Power is a favorite word used to describe a detergent or car. We often resent people who have even a little power. We search out bits of power wherever we can - in business, at home, sports, school, church, in the village, over those who are weaker or smaller, over those who we say are there to serve us. 

And while Jesus showed that he has power, he never used it against people, only against demons, death and sickness. We have to start thinking about these things and allowing our consciences to be troubled. 

Some moments of silence

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


  1. Power struggles exist everywhere we look. It is difficult not to get caught up in them. Let us look to Jesus' example as you say to help us she'd our need to demonstrate our power and use our energies to be helpful and kind.

  2. Are we willing to give up power? God will use failure in your life to break down our strong lusts for power. And when He finally breaks you of that lust, you will no longer care if you're prime time, or small time, center stage or backstage, leading the charge or packing the bags. People of selfless dedication are simply available to serve. And that is all we need to be a part of God's people.