The 9th Station of the cross: Jesus falls for the third time
Jesus said: I am telling you the truth; a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it falls into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains. John 12:24-25
Jesus, your journey has been long. You fall again, beneath your cross. You know your journey is coming to an end. You struggle and struggle. You get up and keep going.
As a child, sometimes we fail time and time again. We find it hard to get along with our siblings and friends, sometimes we are not honest, sometimes we are lazy. We are tempted to stop trying.
It’s just too hard sometimes, just too much effort.
As an adult, we often feel we should have conquered our weaknesses by now. We become discouraged when confronted by the same problems over and over again. Sometimes we get weary. When we have health problems, we can become discouraged and depressed.
You know, Lord, that we do not like to face our own mortality. Fearfully, we cling to life. Give us the faith to believe in the harvest that follows when we truly give our lives to you, and be very close to all those who die today.
Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer