Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
THE EIGHTH STATION
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
We adore thee, O Christ, and we praise thee:
Because by thine holy cross, thou hast redeemed the world.
And there followed Jesus a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.(St. Luke 23: 27-28)
Kneel and Pause
Come, all ye that pass by; behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. For this I weep; mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me.(Lamentations 1: 12, 16)
Let us pray. Beloved Jesus, with tears of pity these women of Jerusalem responded to thee, broken, bruised, and beaten on the road to Calvary. Deepen our faith we beseech thee, so that we may see thee in our brethren, bruised by our envy, beaten down by injustice, and broken by our greed and our indifference. Amen.