But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole.
The Third, Seventh and Ninth Stations: Jesus Falls Under the Weight of the Cross… It isn’t hard to imagine Jesus falling beneath the weight of that cross. What is unfathomable is that he got up, not once, but likely several times.
I shudder as I consider the many times I have tried to walk away from the crosses that have come my way. “If only this or if only that,” I tell myself. Sometimes, I turn these excuses into prayer. After all, God is all-powerful; God can certainly remove my burdens. It is then that I picture Jesus struggling with that merciless wood which scrapes across his bleeding back. In spite of the pain, Jesus holds on. So it is that I promise to hold on as well. So it is that I face what this day will bring with a morsel of Jesus’ courage and love.
Loving God, though Jesus knew what lay ahead, he embraced it because the outcome would be my eternal joy. Help me to see every request for help as an opportunity to bring a taste of that joy to those who need it most.
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