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Monday, March 11, 2013

The Eighth Station of the Cross

The Eighth Station:  Jesus Comforts the Women of Jerusalem - reflections by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Narrator:  As Jesus drew nearer to the place where He was to be crucified, a group of women stepped out from the crowd to express their sorrow for Him.  Motivated by good intentions, they wanted Jesus to know that there were people who believed in His innocence.  Jesus once again accepted the gesture of kindness, but also said to them: “Weep not for me, but rather for your children.”  This statement reminds us that Jesus was not suffering this agony by Himself.  He was doing this for all those who were bound by sin and suffering.  This suffering Jesus had to conquer by His death, so that we could all be free children of God. 

All:  Compassionate Lord, even in Your agony, You reach out to comfort others.  Teach us to notice the pain of our neighbors and help us to be good to all those in trouble.  Pardon us for our past indifference and use us to relieve the sorrow of those who mourn.  O Christ, You are the Savior of the world. Amen