Stations of the Cross
7th Station of the Cross: Jesus Falls a Second Time
We make our way through the noisy crowd along the Market Road of the Old City of Jerusalem. It’s oppressive. People are shoving and shouting. Jesus is tired. His cross is heavy. He’s bloody and worn, humiliated, shamed, and obedient. He stumbles and collapses under the weight. He did this for me.
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you redeemed the world.
Why do they crowd and push to get close to Jesus when they clearly despise Him? Can it be that even those who turn away or mock Him, are drawn to Him; they feel a need to get closer? What do I do when I see this going on around me? Do I move away because they disgust and anger me? Or do I understand their need and show them Jesus in me?
I walk quietly, staying as near as I can to Jesus. When I see someone who wants a closer look, who wants to know who he is, I will try to introduce them. I will help Jesus to stand and be seen and to lighten His burden of our sins.