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TUESDAY — APRIL 7, 2020

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Blessed Palm is still available at the entrance to church.
Feel free to take enough for your whole family
to remind you and your family of the victory of Christ crucified.

 Stations Seventh, Eighth, Ninth


Seventh Station ٳ Jesus Falls the Second Time
Listen once again to the divine power in Jesus in raising Lazarus from the dead. John 11:35-46

And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
But some of them said,
“Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man
have done something so that this man would not have died?”
So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
“Lord, by now there will be a stench;
he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her,
“Did I not tell you that if you believe
you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
 “Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me;
but because of the crowd here I have said this,
that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this,
He cried out in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out,
tied hand and foot with burial bands,
and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
So Jesus said to them,
“Untie him and let him go.”
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary
and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

The crowds raised the question: Couldn’t he do something? He did before. God is in charge. His ways are not man’s ways. Notice, too, that Jesus ordered that Lazarus be untied so he could stand up. Jesus stood up again even after human weakness caused him to fall to the ground. Pay attention particularly to the last line: Many came to believe in him. Jesus’ fall is to lead us to believe in him more deeply.

 

Eighth Station — Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Luke 23:27-31

A large crowd of people followed Jesus,
including many women who mourned and lamented him.
Jesus turned to them and said,
“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me;
weep instead for yourselves and for your children,
for indeed, the days are coming when people will say,
‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore
and the breasts that never nursed.’
At that time people will say to the mountains,
‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’
for if these things are done when the wood is green
what will happen when it is dry?”

These women are not those who had followed Jesus for a long time from Galilee. They were newcomers in a sense, who spontaneously joined the crowd for the event. They were like mourners at a funeral procession. They were weeping. Jesus speaks to them, in spite of his torment. His love shows even then. He was not just thinking of himself. His teaching here is that they are to be faithful to their responsibilities as parents to their children in raising them in the faith (covenant). Divine assistance will be needed and given to them when the wood is dry.

 

Ninth Station — Jesus Falls the Third Time
Peter’s Denial and Reconciliation — three times for both.

John 13: 36-38

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?”
Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now,
though you will follow later.”
Peter said to him, “Master, why can’t I follow you now?
I will lay down my life for you.”
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me?
Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.”

John 21:15-19
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to him a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?”
and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

The scripture writer explains much in the mercy passage after the Resurrection. First of all, Peter was an overachiever and a good one. He thought he could do more than he was capable of doing. Jesus set him straight. It was going to take the merciful love of God to make him what he was supposed to be. Jesus draws the love out of Peter in asking the triple question on the seashore. Jesus wants us to tell him out loud that we love him. Jesus’ reply: Feed my sheep, shows that with the gift of mercy comes a mission. Forgiveness is not just for ourselves but to help others. Finally, the whole reason for these scenes is to glorify God. Jesus’ falls on the road to Calvary is also to give glory to God — God’s mysterious will and power will win out.

We adore you, O Christ, and praise you.
Because by  your holy cross you have redeemed the world.