Jesus Falls the Second Time
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Photo courtesy Janet Pace
Jesus falls a second time in this photo illustration of the seventh station at St. James Church in Searcy.
There he lay face down in the dirt, sweat dripping from his brow, knees scraped and bleeding. Oh what he wouldn't give to have it all end right there.
But Jesus is only halfway there, only halfway through his journey to Calvary. Drained of all his strength somehow he finds energy enough to get back up and continue on.
Life sometimes weighs us down and we find ourselves lying in the dirt drained of all our energy and strength. Prayer becomes dry. Our jobs seem meaningless. Our relationships fail. Joy seems non-existent.
We are tempted to give up right then and there. But we are not finished yet, life still goes on. All we need to do is lift up our hand to the Lord, and he will reach down and take it and pull us to our feet.
He will take the weight of our cross and help us carry it. He will walk every step of our way of the cross with us and when we reach the end he will be there waiting to welcome us with loving arms.
— Deacon Chuck Ashburn
Director, Faith Formation Office