Message from the chaplain: 9 April 2019
The Third Station: Jesus falls for the first time
Jesus is humiliated as he falls in front of the hostile crowd. He steadies
himself with his right hand. A grieving woman looks on.
The painting generally has a feeling of turmoil.
- Joseph Capelle
The tradition of meditating upon Christ’s falling reveals to us Christ’s raw vulnerability. We do well to remember that it is not that, when Christ is revealed to be vulnerable, this is his human side we view as opposed to his Godly side. At all times, Christ is both fully human and fully God. Christ’s vulnerability is, therefore, God’s vulnerability. In the third Station, as the grieving woman is, so we are faced with the shock of God in full vulnerability. The Saviour of the World does not come in a show of invincible strength to overcome the evil powers of this world; instead God sets aside defences and opens God’s self to relationship.
Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
- Isaiah 53:4-7 (NRSV)
Please keep the Louw family (Chanté Louw, Form II) in your prayers. Father Martin Louw sadly passed away on Friday 22 March 2019. Rest eternal grant unto him, oh Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.
Revd Claudia Coustas