Station 8 – Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem

Texts

Romans 6:12-13 Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but resent yourselves to God as those
who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.

1 Corinthians 14:12 So with yourselves; since you are eager for spiritual gifts, strive to excel in them for building up the church.

Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.  Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’  At that time people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills ‘Cover us!’ for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?”  (Luke 23:27-31)

Reflection

The tender scene of the faithful women of Jerusalem encountering Jesus on the way to his death is perhaps not what we expect (Luke 23:27-31). They are, in lamentation, entirely focused on him, whereas Jesus turns their gaze inward to their own peril. Paul, too, regularly redirects his communities’ reflections inwardly. His sufferings as an apostle are all in the course of his dedication to his congregations. He exhorts, encourages, and appeals to their better nature to become what they are called to be, imitators of the Lord.

Meditation from our preachers.

From Fr. Andrew Manning

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A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.  Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’  At that time people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills ‘Cover us!’ for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?”  (Luke 23:27-31)

Weeping for others pain and suffering is something that we have all been exposed to. But here Jesus calls us to a different way of thinking – the suffering of others is a great cause for our concern, because our sinfulness will cause us great suffering. We cannot simply lament the case of the poor and the vulnerable – as Jesus said blessed are the poor and woe to you who are rich now.

What is your approach to the suffering of others. And do your realise that their suffering is your suffering to.

Prayer

Lord, when your eyes met the mournful gaze of the women of Jerusalem, you redirected their heartfelt sorrow. Help us to look inward to the deep recesses of our hearts where conversion is most needed. Strengthen our resolve to build up the community of faith. Amen.