Ninth Station of the Cross: Jesus falls for the third time.

The Ninth Station — Jesus Falls the Third Time

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you — because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reading: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” —Luke 1:37

Reflection: Jesus falls a third and final time. With his energy almost completely depleted and the weight of the Cross crushing his body, the crowd believes there is no way he can stand back up. Yet, Jesus summons every ounce of strength, rises up, and drags his Cross to the place where he will be killed.

Sin, guilt, shame often force us down. Sometimes the weight of our struggles burden us so heavily that we don’t believe there is any hope left. Sometimes we fail to see how our greed, selfishness, impatience, or anger cause hurt in others’ lives. In rising this third time, Jesus teaches us that despite our weakness, we can always be made new.

Jesus, rescue us from despair and help us to see that no sin is greater than your love. For the times we have tried to rely on our own strength instead of crying out to you, forgive us.

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