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Stations of the Cross for Teachers - The Ninth Station

Jesus falls the third time

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Psalm 22:14: I am poured out like water, and allStation 9 Jesus Falls a Third Time my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.

Reflection: As he nears his place of execution, a third and final fall begs the question: Why would Jesus get up? Why would he summon his last ounce of energy to deliver himself to the pain of the cross? Falling three times; getting up three times. Dying on the cross; rising from the grave. Christ shows us that he can transform weakness, failings, and death into the glory of self-gift.

Prayer: Jesus, give us eyes of faith. Allow us to see light where there appears only darkness, and life where we can only sense death. When our energy flags, inspire in us the confidence to get up, and continue our journey toward home.

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