Station 9: Jesus Falls the Third Time

Station 9: Jesus Falls the Third Time

    This final fall is one we will always remember. Having endured  a beating and losing so much blood, Jesus is so weak he falls a third time. He appears dead laying on the ground. His arms spread out, laying in the dirt, Jesus found solidarity with all who fall any way.

    Remembering of how the soldiers roughly pull Jesus up and made him take his last steps to Calvary, we identify with

   individuals who are in our door ways, mentally ill, beaten down by drug abuse, and by mistreatment of people in general; they are dirty, and are lying face down in the dirt. Many will never be able to get up again, and live as we imagine they should live. The truth is life sucks, and we often do not draw the higher card. We fall, we can not get up.

    As Jesus understands our every weakness, especially those we can not over come, let us express gratitude for his understanding and pray that we too may understand the weakness of our brothers and sisters whose weaknesses lay them flat on the ground. Let us in the name of Jesus provide, housing, health care, and food for every person, without exception.

Let us pray:


O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen. Fr. Richard Rhor

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Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

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