Humanity: Stations 7 & 8

Station 7

The seventh line of the sonnet is “You felt your body conquered by the strain.” In the traditional Stations of the Cross, Jesus falls three times. Station 7 remembers the second fall. In our empire world view it is difficult to imagine that weakness is an asset. Jesus teaches us that in the kingdom of God the first shall be last. He teaches in the Sermon on the Mount that the meek, not the powerful, will inherit the earth. He draws our attention to children, sparrows, flowers, yeast, the tiniest of seeds, and the widow’s mite. He stops to heal the leper, the blind beggar, a crippled man, a woman sick with a condition for twelve years. He disparages those who seek the seat of honor, and praises those who choose to be last. He loves the weak. He, himself, chose to humble himself to death on a cross, submit to the pain and humiliation of torture, and fall beneath the weight of the cross.

“But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose

what the world thinks weak to shame the strong” (I Corinthians 1:27)