SR. ELENA MARIA MANGANELLI, O.S.A.
Jesus falls the first time
Jesus falls but, meek and humble,
V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we
R/. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed
From the Gospel according to Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take
my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you
will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”.
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The story of Jesus falling three times along the Way of the Cross is not part of
the biblical account; it is a legacy of traditional devotion, carefully
preserved and cultivated in the hearts of those who pray.
In his first fall, Jesus turns to us, shows us a path, becomes our teacher.
He invites us to come to him whenever we experience human powerlessness, and to
discover there the closeness of God’s power.
He shows us the path leading to the fount of true refreshment, of the grace
which is sufficient.
He teaches us the lesson of a meekness which quells rebellion and a trust which
As our teacher, the fallen Jesus gives us, most of all, the great lesson of
humility, “the path that brought him to the resurrection”.
The path that, after every fall, gives us the strength to say: “Now I will begin
again, O Lord, with you and not alone!”
Jesus most humble,
our own falls, born of our shortcomings and sins,
bruise the pride of our hearts,
close them to the grace of humility
and halt our journey on the path that leads to you.
Come, Spirit of Truth,
free us from every pretence of self-sufficiency
and grant that we may recognize in every fall
a step upon the stairway that rises to you!
Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.
O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta
 Commentary on the Psalms
, 127, 10.
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