The weight of the wood, especially after the physical punishment at the hands of the Romans, was so great that Jesus fell to the ground. It was not the fall that was most significant, but instead, the fact that he got back up. It must have seemed like the weight of the world on his shoulders, but Jesus stood up again to continue his journey toward a date with the executioner. All of this, Jesus did for sinners like us.
Under much less weight, we fall every day. We are not always on our way to a life-changing event or to an encounter with God. Too often, we fall because we have strayed from the path God has set before us. We fall due to our sins.
Just like Jesus got back on his feet to continue on, we need to recover from our sins and carry on. How can we truly walk this life with him without being accountable to our brothers and sisters, our Church family, and God? How can we live lives of good stewardship if we do not take seriously the call to holiness?
Lord Jesus Christ,
even though the journey toward crucifixion was hard,
you continued on for me.
When I fall in life, give me the strength to rise again.
When I lose my way, gently lead me home.
When I sin against you and others,
through your sacraments create in me a clean heart.
Donate one article of clothing you no longer wear to a local charity.