The Seventh Station
Jesus Falls a Second Time
My Jesus, one of the beautiful qualities the people admired in You was
Your strength in time of ridicule - Your ability to rise above the
occasion. But now, You fall a second time - apparently conquered by the
pain of the Cross. People who judged You by appearances made a terrible
mistake. What looked like weakness was unparalleled strength!
I often judge by appearances and how wrong I am most of the time. The
world judges entirely by this fraudulent method of discerning. It looks
down upon those who apparently have given their best and are now in
need. It judges the poor as failures, the sick as useless and the aged
as a burden. How wrong that kind of judgment is in the light of your
second fall! Your greatest moment was Your weakest one. Your greatest
triumph was in failure. Your greatest act of love was in desolation.
Your greatest show of power was in that utter lack of strength that
threw You to the ground.
Weak and powerful Jesus, give me the grace to see beyond what is visible
and be more aware of Your Wisdom in the midst of weakness. Give the
aged, sick, handicapped, retarded, deaf and blind the fruit of joy so
they may ever be aware of the Father's gift and the vast difference
between what the world sees and what the Father sees that they may glory
in their weakness so the power of God may be manifest.