Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Third Station ~ Jesus Falls the First Time

Third Station

Third Station St. Emma Monastery

Jesus Falls the First Time

Because Christ identifies Himself with us, because He suffers the humiliation of the first fall in us, His love transforms it. The very wound can heal us. 
The first fall is the first real self-knowledge. Now we know our weakness, we know our helplessness before the difficulties of life, our total inability to shoulder our responsibilities. We know that we cannot get up by ourselves, we cannot shoulder the burden for the second time by ourselves, we cannot face our own self-contempt or the derision of others, by ourselves. We realize now hat we are wholly dependent on Christ, dependent on Him to act in us, to lift Himself up in us and to lift us up in Him. His weakness is our strength. 

No longer do we seek to carry the burden with our own hands, but with His. 
No longer do we try to walk in His footsteps, we tread the way with His feet.

The Way of the Cross  Caryll Houselander

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