Jesus Falls for the First Time
Painting by Jen Norton
One of God’s greatest gifts to us in Jesus’ incarnation is an example of the limits of our humanity, as we see in Jesus collapsing beneath the weight of his circumstances. As he lies motionless, trapped by the weight of the cross beam, continuing on seems impossible. He doesn’t even have the strength to stand.
It is never easy to break down, to face our own limits and experience our helplessness. Prayers at times like this can be tearful but also allow us to lay down the burden of being strong and get some rest for our souls.
When Jesus collapses onto the ground, he reminds us that he stands with all who collapse under the weight of pain and suffering. We remember especially those whose lungs have collapsed as a result of this virus or complications from it. May Jesus be present to all whose bodies are crumbling under the weight of COVID-19.
Pray in silence for those experiencing any type of breathing problems.
When you’re ready, offer this prayer and move to the next station.
Prayer: We adore you, O Christ and we bless you. Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world. Amen.