Stations of the Cross + Meditation: 3rd Station

April 8, 2020 |

Station 3 “Jesus falls the First Time”


Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
(Isaiah 53:4-6)



The almighty deprived of strength!
The strong God in no condition to do what is required of him,
unable to face with pride his executioners.
It was necessary that the Christ should bow down,
fall, and collapse under the cross
and so enter into his glory.
His sacred humanity had to be destroyed.
No human feature should be able to be discerned in him,
so cruelly was he to be mistreated.
Here, we see his strength already fail him. – – –
My God, let me often meditate on your humiliation before your executioners and thereby learn to bear that I should be judged
unable to do something I would like to do.


Rolf Willemsen, O. Carm.
Fr. Rolf "Nepi" Willemsen, O. Carm., is a Carmelite priest living in Joliet, IL.
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