Putting words to the wonder

Cross Walkers – Station 7 : Jesus Falls For the Second Time




He falls again.

Such a short distance from his last fall.

There is no record of anyone helping him up.

“I looked about, but there was no one to help . . no one to lend support.” (Isaiah 63:5)

The cross

Pins him to the ground.

The sins of the universe converged in that piece of wood.

Wood that could be used for a fire

giving warmth, creating fellowship, bringing people together.

Wood that could be used to build homes, schools, churches,

fostering security and sharing.

Instead — forced into a crucifix

“a stumbling block . . . an absurdity.”

He is determined to go on.

This is not a script. . . .

This is brutal reality.

There is no easy, sophisticated way

to renew the world.

He must struggle to die.

We watch him get up,

rise from the dust of human oppression, and

move on.

Every step toward the place called “The Skull”

Urged on

By the force of our sin —

By the depth of his love.

He is determined to complete his mission.

“No one takes my life from me: I lay it down freely.”

                              (John 10:18)

For Reflection

When the job disappears

When the project flounders

When sickness slows us down

When all our efforts seem to be for nothing

We want to quit.

But when we are spending our energies and

emotions on something great enough,

Quitting is not an option

it is worth every effort of our lives.

We seldom realize fully that we are sent to fulfill God-given tasks. We act as if we were simply dropped down in creation and have to decide how to entertain ourselves until we die. But each of us has a mission in life. We were sent into the world by God just as Jesus was. [As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world — John 17:18.] Once we start living our lives with that conviction, we will soon know what we were sent to do. Henri Nouwen

Yet ours were the sufferings he was bearing
…ours the sorrows he was carrying.
He was being wounded for our rebellions
crushed because of our guilt,
the punishment reconciling us fell on him,
and we have been healed by his bruises.
Isaiah 53:4-5 



2 thoughts on “Cross Walkers – Station 7 : Jesus Falls For the Second Time

  1. Resources
    The material for this booklet was culled from a variety of sources, including:
    Bread for the Journey, Henri J.M. Nouwen
    Christian Quotation Collection, Bantam Books
    Faith Walkers, by Joseph F. Nassal
    Hope Against Darkness, Richard Rohr, John B. Feister
    In Search of Belief, by Joan D. Chittister
    The New Stations of the Cross, by Megan Mckenna
    The Pilgrimage Way of the Cross, Forest of Peace Publishing
    Premeditated Mercy, by Joseph F. Nassal
    Stations of the Cross: The Story of God’s Compassion, by T. Ronald Haney
    Way of the Cross, by Joan D. Chittister
    The Work of His Hands, by Ken Gire
    All Scripture passages, except where noted, were from the New Jerusalem Bible.


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