The work is hard, the weary pace
The discipline within this place
You felt your body conquered by the strain
Your weakness is my hiding place
At the seventh Station of the Cross Jesus falls for the second time. In the traditional Stations of the Cross, Jesus falls three times, althought there is no reference to his falling in the Gospels. Perhaps these stations were included to accentuate the humanity of Christ. Isaiah 53 reminds us of the price Jesus paid for our sin.
“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7-9)
Reflection Question: Can you remember a time when your weakness allowed you to see the power of God?
Prayer: God, who turned the world upside down claiming that the meek will inherit the earth, and who chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and the weak things of the world to shame the strong, help us to be willing to choose weakness and last place. In the name of Jesus, was oppressed and afflicted and did not open his mouth.