The Ninth Station: Jesus Falls a Third Time–Stand In The Place That You Are

March 14, 2016 Comments Off on The Ninth Station: Jesus Falls a Third Time–Stand In The Place That You Are

Jesus falls the third time

Artist: Gus Moody

I was at an evening Lenten service a few weeks ago. The church was quiet, the crowd was small. The priest asked us to reflect in silence. I grabbed on to a line from 1 Corinthians and meditated on the line through the rest of the Mass: So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.

 

As a sleepy new dad, I was a little shaky in my ripped Converse, but I was certainly standing. I was suddenly very aware of the many blessings that surround me. Most of us certainly have so much. Watch out that you do not fall!

After the service, I took a picture of the church and posted it to Instagram, using this line from 1 Corinthians as the photo caption. Each time a friend liked the photo, my phone buzzed and the photo and line from Corinthians popped up on my phone again.

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“So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.” 1 Corinthians

I looked up this line later in The Message Bible. The Message gave me a new way into this line: Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.

“God-confidence.” I like that. As New Yorkers, I think we value self-confidence. Self-confidence seems necessary to live in a harsh city in a confusing time. Lent is the time to re-consider our self-confidence. We are asked drop our arrogance and remember we our dust. We watch Jesus fall three times.

“So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.”

What is this line saying to you? I’m interested in the sense of disorientation from some of the translations: “he who is thinking to stand – let him observe, lest he fall.”

– Chris Phillips

 

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