Jesus Falls for the Third Time
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We adore thee O Christ, and we bless you.
Because of your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Come to me, all who labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me: for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Mt 11: 28-30).
It would not be inappropriate to think that this third fall of Jesus came about to the advantage of the people of Israel. Jesus' greatest pain was possibly the rejection by his own people who condemned him to the most atrocious death. We should not forget that his first mission was to gather together the scattered sheep of Israel. Not having been recognised as the Messiah was the most poignant defeat and the greatest humiliation he had to undergo.
This last burden, surely, must redound to Israel’s advantage how could it be otherwise? The tears of the daughters of Jerusalem could undoubtedly mingle with the tears of Jesus over that city whose destruction was imminent (Lk 19:41).
O my Mother, fount of love,
Touch my spirit from above,
Make my heart with yours accord.