Station III: Jesus falls for the first time
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped; but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and was born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.
Surely he has borne our griefs:
And carried all our sorrows.
Reflection: Jesus who is with us in our suffering
In this unprecedented time where so many in the world are sick and suffering, we relate more than ever to Jesus who himself struggled, fought for strength, and yet continued this journey of ultimate love. Jesus knows suffering and Jesus knows compassion.
This prayer and meditation, written at the beginning of our global movement to separate ourselves for the well-being of the world and each other during this time of pandemic, focuses our attention to suffering and prayer during this very present time in our very present lives. As we pray together, we are reminded that Jesus is with those who are suffering, right here and right now.
O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.