Way of the Cross - 7. Jesus falls the second time



7.         Jesus falls the second time  







Where is Simon of Cyrene?

Desperately following the man who touched his heart with life?

Did the Synagogue leaders In the anger and anxiety

Refuse Christ any further human help?

We do not know  but Jesus lies prostrate a second time.

I this a reminder -

that the seed must fall into the ground

needs to break open

to shoot forth the life it holds?


To stumble and fall – is to lose control, is to lose face

is to experience humiliation.

Is this what we see as we gaze at Jesus lying in the grit.

I doubt it very much.

Though his body is weak, though he is tired and thirsty,

though the top of Golgotha is a vision far away,

Jesus permeated and fired by his mission,

  ‘Let my people go – let my people know my love’,

gets up and struggles ahead

in spite of his discomfort, in spite of his pain.


A natural part of life is to fall. 

However, it is the getting up that sprouts new life.



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