No thought for others; I complain
Demanding shares of all the grain
And still you spoke with selflessness and grace
I trust your power to sustain
At the eighth Station of the Cross Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. Luke records this encounter. Jesus directs their sorrow away from himself and toward their own plight.
“A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for
him. Jesus turned and said to them, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep
for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed
are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never
nursed!’Then ‘they will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ For if
people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” (Luke
Reflection Question: Can you recall a time when you openly expressed your sorrow over injustice even in defiance of popular opinion?
Prayer: God, who taught that the mourners are blessed because they will be comforted, help our focus to be on others, rather than ourselves. In the name of Jesus who wept for his friend Lazarus.