The Third Station
Jesus falls the first time
After the brutal treatment of scourging and the other blows He received from the time of His capture to receiving the burden of the Cross, Jesus' body was weakened. His Divine nature never faltered, but His human nature succumbed to natural law: and He fell. It is our human nature which causes us to fall. It is by grace that we rise again, as Jesus did after this first fall: God is merciful and always willing to give us another chance. It is up to us to choose to walk in God's ways and do our best not to fall into sin. The weight we have to bear is the weight of our own sin- Jesus bore the weight of the sins of all people.
Let us pray for the grace to always seek to do God's will, so that we never fall into mortal sin and that we will have the strength we need to overcome the impulses of our human nature.