March 24     

The Eighth Station:
Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
" [As Jesus walked toward Golgotha],
a large number of people followed him,
including women who mourned and wailed for him;
and he turned to them and said,
gDaughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me.h (Luke 23:27-28)
Reflection: A crush of people surrounds Jesus
as he drags his cross through the streets
-jeering, cheering, yelling people,
and grief-stricken, too.
Encountering the women, he turns to them and shares
a hope-filled message:
this is not the end of the story.
Those who judge Christ worthy of death will,
in the end, meet the judgment of God. There is hope.
Prayer: Jesus, God of both justice and mercy,
thank you for the hope you embodied and shared
with your heartbroken followers,
even on the way to the cross.
Keep us mindful-and ready communicators-of your promises.With blessings.
 Father Peter