Seventh Station: Jesus Falls the Second Time
He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
Despite the help from Simon, the moral support of his mother, the small comfort from Veronica, no one can deny the immense toll the Via Dolorosa takes on Jesus’ body. At the top, he falls again for the second time. The end of his death sentence is coming closer.
Have pity on me, O God, for I am weak;
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are wracked.
My spirit shakes with terror; how long, O Lord, how long?
Turn, O Lord, and deliver me;
Save me for your mercy’s sake.
Give thanks for God’s mercy and forgiveness, counting Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins, allowing mercy to always temper justice.
- • those in leadership positions who pass judgment, that their deliberations may be tempered with mercy.
- • those in pain and weakness, waiting for the next step of a painful journey.
- • those who suffer from mental fatigue.
- • the mentally ill, especially those who have suffered psychological injury, and for the anxious, the lonely, the distressed, the senile, and for all those who care for them and the unseen burdens they bear.
- • yourself, that you may know mercy, and that you may show forgiveness to those who have hurt you.