The Third Station – Jesus Falls the First Time
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you — because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Reading: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” —Matt 11:28-29
Reflection: Under the immense weight of the Cross, Jesus is brought to his knees. The crowd is watching, laughing — and only a few have pity on him. Jesus does not remain crushed by the burden. With great difficulty, he stands up and continues his journey.
We’ve all experienced moments of weakness and failure. Sometimes we learn from our mistakes. Sometimes shame creeps in and robs us from seeing the hope before us. Despite our human weakness, we must try to remember that falling is not the end.
Jesus, help us to see that no matter the difficulty, you are always walking with us. For the times we have failed to rely on your strength, forgive us.