STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Part 9 — Jesus Falls For The Third Time, by Michel Quoist

stations of the cross 9 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 him, “Believe me, this night, before the cock crows, thou wilt thrice disown me. ” (Matthew 26:34)

Peter was deeply moved when he was asked a third time, “Dost thou love me?”  and said to him, “Lord, thou knowest all things; thou canst tell that I love thee.” (John 21:17)

You do not move, for all the soldiers’ beating.
Lord, are you dead?
No, but utterly spent.
A minute of terrible anxiety.
But you begin again, just as you are, Lord, and walk on.
One step, then another….
Lord, you have fallen a third time, but this time close to Calvary.

I fall every time.
I’ll never get there.
But I’ve said that before, Lord, and please forgive me,
for you were right with me, you were just testing my trust.
If I become discouraged, I am lost.
If I keep up the fight, I am saved.
For you fell a third time, but you had nearly reached Calvary.

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