7 Jesus falls for the second time
As with the previous meditation, there is no reference to Jesus falling under the weight of the cross in the Four Gospels, but the Stations of the Cross offer us 3 mediations on this theme.
Lord Jesus this is the second time you have fallen on the road. As the cross grows heavier and heavier it becomes more difficult to get up. But you continue to struggle and try until you’re up and walking again. You don’t give up.
As a child, sometimes things get us down. Others seem to find things easier to do or to learn. Each time we fail, we find it harder to keep trying.
As an adult, sometimes we think we should know more than we do. We become impatient with ourselves and lose confidence in ourselves when we fail. It is easy to despair over small things, and sometimes we do.
Lord, we often pray, “take this cup of suffering away from me,” but find it difficult to add the words, “yet, not what I want, but what you want.” Give us courage to face the pain life throws at us, trusting in your transforming power, and bless all those who meet the challenge of great suffering today.
Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer