Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fallen Man

The Ninth Station - Jesus Falls a Third Time

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you

R. Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Again! What thoughts went through the minds of the soldiers? Was there a place for pity? How did they see Jesus? What did they feel for him? Were they proud of their part in the execution of this 'criminal'? Could they see a difference between Jesus  and the two thieves crucified alongside Him? Or, did they think nothing at all, just get Him up to get it over with and go back to the barracks.

What do I think as I see Him fall again? How do I feel?

Are we hoping that Lent will be over soon so that we can go back to whatever it was we 'gave up'? Or are we still involved in the real 'work' that Lent involves, as we strive to purify ourselves of those things that make us fall? We fall, we rise; we sin, ask, and receive pardon!