STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Part 3 — Jesus Falls For The First Time, by Michel Quoist

stations of the cross 3 quoist

From: Prayer On The Way Of The Cross

Christ is still dying.
He continues to offer himself to his Father for the redemption of the world through the men who today suffer and die around us.
The Way of the Cross is also the way to life; this a real Christian should never forget.

Jesus said to them [Simon and Simon’s brother, Andrew], “Come and follow me; I will make you into fishers of men.”  And they dropped their nets immediately, and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18)

But Jesus said to them [James and John], “Have you strength to drink of the cup I am to drink of, to be baptized with the baptism I am to be baptized with?”  They said to him, “We have.” (Mark 10:38-39)

But he took Peter and James and John with him.  And now he grew dismayed and distressed….  Then he went back, and found them asleep; and he said to Peter, “Simon, art thou sleeping?  Hadst thou not strength to watch even for an hour?” (Mark 14:33, 37)

He fell.
For a moment he staggered, then fell prostrate.
God in the dust.

And so, Lord, I follow you, setting out with confidence, and now I have fallen.
I thought I had given myself irrevocably to you,
but I caught sight of a flower on a foot-path.
I left you, I left the cumbersome Cross, and here I am off the road,
possessed of a few faded petals and my solitude.
And the others, Lord, pass along the road, broken, exhausted,
And crosses are in the making and backs are bending.
I am no longer there to fight evil and to help men to drag their loads,
I am off the road.

Lord, help me not only to follow after you but to keep steadily on.
Keep me from sudden weaknesses that leave me stupefied and empty,
far from the place where you are shaping the world.

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