Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Seventh Station

Jesus Falls a Second Time

Outside the walls of the city, the body of Jesus again gives way through weakness, and he falls a second time, amid the shouts of the crowd and the rough handling of the soldiers.

Infirmity of body and bitterness of soul have caused Jesus to fall again.  All the sins of men - mine too - weigh down on his Sacred Humanity.

He has borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows, and we have taken him for a leper, and as one struck by God and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our iniquities and bruised for our sins.  On him fell the punishment that brought us salvation, and by his wounds we have been healed (Is 53: 4-5).

Jesus stumbles, but his fall lifts us up; his death brings us back to life.  To our falling again and again into evil, Jesus responds with his determination to redeem us, with an abundance of forgiveness.  And, so that no one may despair, again he wearily raises himself, embracing the cross.

May our stumbles and defeats separate us from him no more.  Just as a feeble child throws himself contritely into the strong arms of his father, you and I will hold tightly to the yoke of Jesus.  Only a contrition and humility like this can transform our human weakness into the fortitude of God.