Eighth Station

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because, by your holy cross,
you have redeemed the world


Reading
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)


Meditation
Some pious women began to weep for Jesus, and tried to console him, but he told them not to weep for him, but for themselves and for their children. Jesus was in agony, and yet he refused their consolation, not through ingratitude, but because he knew the agony that they and others would suffer because of their rejection of him.

When we feel rejected or badly treated, we must remember this example of Jesus. We must remember this example of Jesus. We must still remember others who are suffering, perhaps more than we are, and who need our help and compassion, and not let ourselves become caught up in self pity.


Lord Jesus,
you came to serve, not to be served.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
inyour compassion
you come to us in our need.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
help us to show love
and compassion to others.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Holy God
Holy Mighty One
Holy Immortal One
have mercy on us and on the whole world.