Jesus falls the second time
He is forced on, pulled beyond those loving meetings with his Mother and the good Veronica. Even though Simon is there to help, he is drained of strength and falls once more to the ground.
Lord Jesus, by the weakness you suffered for our sake,
make us patient with ourselves and others.
Teach us to have time,
the way God has time,
for the whole unfinished business
of our lives and our world.
Guide every step we take,
and help us not to become bitter
or intolerant in disappointment;
so may we graciously accept,
along with the joy,
the pain that is the inevitable condition
of growth and life and being together.