He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3
We have struggled in our lives, or our Christian journey. We have know times when we have promised ourselves, God, and others that we would do better and then have failed yet again despite our best attempts. Jesus falls and stumbles, and as he does so we know that he is with us when we fail to live up to our and other’s expectations. Jesus shares our feeling of worthlessness.
Despite the weight of the cross, despite the hatred of the crowd, Jesus perseveres on his dreadful journey. Each of us have our burdens to carry, our own cross to bear. It is all too easy to put it down, to escape from it, to walk away. Our feelings of worthlessness are our acceptance of our vulnerability, and our need for God. Though we fall and fall, though we fail and fail, we get up and carry on through the strength that comes from God.
Dear Lord Jesus,
May we stand before you in our brokenness,
our weakness and our fragile humanity.
May we make Love the motive for every decision we choose in our lives.
Revd Christopher Hartley, Assistant Curate, St Chrysostom’s.
And now move to the Tenth Station.