3 Jesus falls for the first time
Though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross. Philippians 2.6-8
As Jesus falls beneath the weight of the cross the whole meaning of his life is revealed. He empties himself and descends to the lowest point of human nature, so that he might lift us up again with him in glory. We often fall into self-destruction through pride or self-centredness, but the merciful love of the Lord reaches down to us even in those moments to save us and raise us up.
We acknowledge with thanksgiving that this fall of Jesus is no accident, but part of his movement down to fallen humanity. We pray for the strength to leave the destructive pride which drags us down, and through our sharing in the humility of Jesus, to rise again.
Lord Jesus, forgive our falls from your grace, and help us to be compassionate towards the fallings of others.
Lord, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us