3. Jesus falls for the first time
adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
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.
She never imagined that they would refuse her asylum, after everything she had suffered under the regime in her country, but they did. “They don’t believe me!” she cried, “They don’t believe me!” She just had to pick herself up and go on, injured and afraid. It was so much harder now.
Lord, you know how it feels to stumble and fall,
the times when you just can’t go on.
Teach us to trust in you
when our strength is failing.
Show us how to walk with others
whose road is a hard one,
to help them when they fall.