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Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Eighth Station

As Jesus reaches the outskirts of the city, the crowds start to thin and so the women of Jerusalem who have followed his journey thus far are now visible to Jesus.  He turns to them and says, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children…’

The women who openly mourn Jesus here have not had their judgement impaired by the politics of Empirical power or of the synagogue.  They weep for the man who had loved them.  He had blessed their children, healed the crippled and given sight to the blind.  He had shown great mercy to a woman caught in adultery, brought Lazarus back to life and taught by word and example how to live authentic lives guided by love rather than fear.  They weep because they recognised before them a grave injustice.

How often do I fail in charity because I let political, religious or cultural preconceptions cloud my judgements of others?  How often, through fear or apathy,  do I turn my back on injustice and fail to make a stand?  The jealousy, fear and pride that had helped secure Jesus’ sentence found no place in the hearts of these women of Jerusalem.  Grant me, Lord, an unclouded vision, a pure mind and a courageous heart, that I may never fail in charity towards my neighbour.


I love Thee, Jesus; my love above all things;
I repent with my whole heart of having offended Thee.
Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again.
Grant that I may love Thee always,
and then do with me what Thou wilt.

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