The Ninth Station: Jesus falls for a third time

9 StationAnd being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:7-8)

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;

Because by your Cross and precious Blood you have redeemed the world.

Brazil

Internal courtyard of the Mauá apartment building occupied by a community of homeless people - joelle hernandez - 2The families living in the Maua building have had their hopes dashed for the third time. The police tried to force the families to move on, using pepper spray and batons; then a judge dismissed their interest in the building despite them living their for five years; and no another judge has issued an eviction order.

Nete, one of the community leaders, told us what is happening: “It is a nightmare. WE are all so nervous and stressed, the children aren’t sleeping. I am becoming quite ill too. But we will not sit still. Although things sometimes seem impossible, when the cause is right, we get strength from knowing we are on the right course.”

Prayer

You fall as if to the dust of death. How can those we push away life themselves up?

Lord Jesus, you have felt oppression bearing down upon you. Be with us as we stand on uncertain ground. Be with those who are living under constant threat of eviction. Let us pray that by your grace we might be lifted up, and that we might always have the courage to act when we see someone beaten down by repeated cruelty.

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