Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time
Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we account him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.
The Cross is heavy and Jesus is exhausted. Jesus walks an uneven road. As the crowd looks on, Jesus stumbles and drops his burden. He knows he must undertake this journey, but his physical body is cracking under the strain.
Be pleased, O God, to deliver me;
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Let those who seek my life be ashamed and altogether dismayed;
Let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and be disgraced.
- • those who are experiencing illness and infirmity; for the exhausted, for the hungry, for the aged, and for those experiencing failures of body, mind, and spirit.
- • those who care for the physically infirm, for doctors and nurses, social workers, counselors, chaplains, hospital workers, and emergency medical care providers.
- • yourself for your own exhaustions and illnesses, that you know the power of our Savior having come through his own infirmity.