But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem,
do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”
The Eighth Station: Jesus Meets The Women of Jerusalem… Once again, it is the women who approach Jesus. In spite of the soldiers’ threat, they step up to offer their tears on Jesus’ behalf. Jesus responds by consoling them. Jesus has embraced the road that lay before him. Now, he encourages the women to do the same. Jesus makes no empty promises regarding the difficulties of life on this earth. What Jesus does offer is his example of persistence and certainty in the things to come.
It isn’t easy for any of us to live as Jesus did. Though we may not be called to carry a wooden cross that is twice our size, we are often called to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. Sometimes, our choices seem small in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes, our choices have far-reaching consequences. Always, what we choose to do makes a world of difference to us and to those we have been given to love both nearby and far away.
Loving God, help me to find the courage to do the right thing in matters great and small. When it doubt, remind me that I can always turn to you for counsel.
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