Latent Emissions, Chakaia Booker
Jesus falls for the third time
From the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (53:5-6)
But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
The ninth station conveys two critical messages: one of resilience, and one of selflessness. Jesus had already fallen down and gotten up twice—and he must do so again. Bearing the weight of the cross on his shoulders, he still gets up, and it is because of this determination and complete selflessness to us that we are saved.
Today, in the midst of this global pandemic, we feel as though there is a lot being taken from us, and we as a people are experiencing a lot of suffering. I have found that to keep things in perspective, it is important to think about those who are taking this as an opportunity to take on a new level of selflessness. Be it medical workers who are actively taking on the toll of strangers’ illnesses, or young people bringing elderly neighbors groceries, in the midst of hardship, we are seeing goodness.
We, as a global community, must rise from this fall, and it starts with actions of kindness—of sharing this burden with each other in the hope that at the end we can all be saved.
– Cristina Escajadillo ’23