Station 7–Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 7: Jesus Falls the Second Time

As Jesus progressed towards Calvary,  he became  tired emotionally, and physically and fell a second time. People were yelling threats of condemnation, and hatred, many who had supported him and hailed his entry on Palm Sunday. People are fickle, and when we are in crowds of those like us–we stick together.

    We see that in the divisions of our society, the wealthy, the upper middle class,and middle class white privileged people stay separate, people of color stay in their groups;  homeless stay huddle together; youth and young adults in their group; We are afraid to cross over our boundaries, and in not doing so we fail to understand each other, and fail to be each other’s brother and sister.

    Jesus breaks down  boundaries, which  is one of the reasons he is carrying the cross. Jesus recognizes that each of us in the words of Douglas Preston . .“have a Monster within, the difference is in the degree, not in kind.”  Jesus fell under the weight of that knowledge.

    He calls us to open our eyes to each other, get out of our boundaries, and love one other. He calls us to break through our boundaries and see each person  as equals, all on the same journey, all needing support.

    During this election year we see, and hear, and feel the divide among people. Painful and hateful words are said, and one can see there is a “Monster with, the difference is in the degree” of each of us.

    Our friend, the Reverend Gregory Weeks, wrote a blog article , and  one that  personally  we all of us will take to  heart: Reflect upon his words, and remember Jesus falling under the weight of  the cross,  and  of the rejection of his brothers and sisters.:

Christian Values and the Presidency–By the Reverend Gregory Weeks:

“After witnessing the recent State of the Union speech and its aftermath, I’ve made a resolution.

In the election of our next president, I no longer care much about political party, nor even about a conservative or liberal orientation. Rather, after the votes are tallied in November, I hope the result will be the election of a president who embodies at least a few Christian values.

While there may be disagreement between the right and the left in terms of what those values may be, I’m talking about the ones that are non-debatable. They’re what Jesus laid out in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). He said his disciples should be: Compassionate. Merciful. Humble. Honest. Moral. Non-judgmental. Courageous. Peace-loving. Forgiving. Devout. Disciplined. Self-aware.

He never limited these values to only the populace and not the leaders. Nor did he say that to embrace such characteristics you had to affirm creeds or dogma. Simply put: to live in the kingdom of this world as his disciple, you must live as if the kingdom of God really matters.

So, regardless of party or even religion, I want our next president to claim such a moral stance.

This sounds idealistic and naïve, given the hard realities of political life. A good leader must also be smart, politically savvy, experienced, and a strategic thinker. The person must also know when to compromise for a greater good, such as when armed conflict may be the only alternative.

Yet, I will feel a lot more comfortable knowing that the most powerful person in the world has a solid moral base.

Having a moral base promotes a broader vision rather than a narrow one. Christian values transcend national boundaries and party lines. They are the glue bonding the whole of human society.

Also, someone who lives out such values is a person I can trust. They have integrity. I will more likely believe what they say without having to first fact check it.

Finally, if a president’s values align with those preached by Jesus, then the values will impact policies. Immigration. Relations with the international community. Equal rights. Climate. Health care. Business regulations. Policies reflect priorities, and priorities shoulld arise from what someone holds as sacred truths.

So, in the ensuing debates, caucuses, and election, I’ll be re-reading Jesus’ first sermon as a refresher. I hope whoever wins in November will do the same. If so, regardless of the person’s creed or lack thereof, I’ll sleep better. If they share values Jesus thought was important, that’s good enough for me.”

    Let us remember that each of us can plant small pebbles of Love!


Nineteenth Annual Tenderloin Stations of the Cross

Planting Small Pebbles

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

12 Noon

Meet in Front of City Hall on Polk Street

Anyone wanting to Volunteer Please Contact Fr. River at 415-305-2124


Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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