Station 3: Jesus Falls for the First Time

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


By Chris Thomas, St. Edward Church, Texarkana

En Español

Was it a rock in the road or a push from an angry guard? Either way, Jesus found himself in the jolt of panic that takes hold when you lose control and gravity takes over. What seemed an eternity was only a moment before the impact with the earth slammed the breath from his lungs. A second later the weight of the cross fell onto his already bruised and battered body. For a moment, he lay there struggling for breath with the weight of the world on his back and realized that his world was changed forever. Whatever he would choose, he had no choice. He must get up and move on. For the sake of love, he does. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for fully understanding these moments in my life when I have lost control and my world shifts forever. At the death of my parents, the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, you are there. You share my fatigue and my defeats. Be my breath when I cannot breathe. Out of love and with you by my side, I pick up my cross and move on.