Sunday, 9 April 2017

Ninth Station of the Cross: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani with Jane Borg (No. 241)

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

Jesus had drawn support and loyalty from a large group of people, especially from those regarded as misfits. Some of the women in this scene would have been amongst those who had left behind their homes, families and friends and travelled with Jesus from town to town. They then supported Him and his disciples, providing for all their needs.

Their encounter with Jesus was clearly life changing, as it was with the other travellers in their group.  People encountered Jesus in a way that healed them physically and spiritually. But now they follow him, as the soldiers lead Him through the street like a common criminal.

He turned and urged them not to weep for him, but for themselves, and the days of trial that lay ahead.

Let us allow Him to wipe away our tears as we believe in the promise - 

"He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared.” Revelation 21:4