Jesus Falls a Third Time

The other two prisoners and the crowd has arrived. Jesus pushes on, breathless, speechless, pushed now and then by the soldiers.  The screams of the other two could be heard.

Jesus falls once more. They laugh at him and mock him. He rises, steadies himself and walks the last few yards to his destination - The Place of the Skull.

O Lord, when all the strength is gone and guilt and self-reproach press us, when it seems to hold fast, save us from despair.

Guide us, help us to cast off our shame and guilt. Help us to love ourselves and to truly believe that any sin of ours is no greater than your love. To believe that no matter what our past has been, we can begin anew.

Mary, my Mother, you were the first to live the way of the cross.  Obtain for me the grace to understand the mystery, wisdom and love of the cross.  Teach me the lessons it contains.  Grant for me the grace to see your Son in all.

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made His death the means of life for us: Grant that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

Holy God,
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy on us.

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