Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Seventh Station: Jesus falls the second time




You could have seen it coming. A second fall was inevitable. The human body can only take so much and, despite the aid of St Simon of Cyrene, despite the aid of St Veronica, the crushing hatred of the crowd overwhelms Jesus and his dehydration and loss of blood force Him to the floor a second time. Here is evidence that the deeds of light can easily be overshadowed by darksome things. Hatred seems more powerful than love; Violence solves the problem quicker than peaceful dialogue; instant gratification eases the itch better than putting up with the irritation. However, these are fleeting. Things sometimes have to get darker before they get lighter.

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