Friday, March 24, 2006

The Seventh Station of the Cross- Jesus falls a second time

Symbol- Rock

Jesus fell again because he was so weak and tired from all his wounds. He still didn’t give up. He got back up and continued on.

As Jesus went on the way to Calvary, it became harder and harder to walk. The cross was becoming heavier, His body was getting weaker and weaker. His shoulders and arms hurt so much! His head throbbed as He walked. He was covered with open wounds. He could not go any farther. He stumbled and fell. Again they poked at Him, harder, and with such hatred. They kicked Him. Such vileness in the hearts of men! His greatest agony was not the agonies of His body, but the agonies of His heart for the love He has for all His precious souls. He loved them so dearly. He loved those who persecuted Him. Oh, how Jesus loves us!

Let’s look at Jesus

Jesus was very weak and tired. He tries to keep walking with the heavy cross. It’s so hard for him to continue on but he does.

The noise from the crowd and from the soldiers makes him feel even worse. Then Jesus falls, because he just can't take another step.

Let’s look at our Hearts

Have you ever had a hard time with something? Maybe you can't do something the way you want, or you feel as if you keep messing up on something? You feel frustrated and your heart aches perhaps. Maybe your heart feels the way Jesus' heart felt when he fell this second time.

Picture Jesus at your side embracing you. Give all you frustration and heart ache to him. Ask Jesus to help you to persevere to the end of your task and to give you an increase in paience.

V.We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus is getting very tired and weak. He falls and struggles to get up.. He tries until He makes it to his feet. He continues on.

Dear Jesus,
You didn't give up. Sometimes when things get hard for me, it's hard to keep trying. I want to quit. When things get hard for me, help me to get up and keep going as you did.

Mary, help me to see Jesus in all things.

Almighty Father, Help me to keep trying when things get hard and when I fall. Help me to not give up. This I ask through Christ Our Lord.

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