Find The Courage

But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem,
do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”

Luke 23:28

The Eighth Station: Jesus Meets The Women of Jerusalem

Once again, it was the women who approached Jesus. In spite of the soldiers’ threat, they stepped up to offer their tears on Jesus’ behalf. Jesus responded by consoling them. Jesus had embraced the road which lay before him. So it was that he encouraged the women to do the same. Jesus made no empty promises regarding the difficulties of life on this earth. What Jesus did offer was his example of persistence and his 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 beam that is twice our size, we’re 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.

Today, I find courage in those brave women who approached Jesus. Today, I’ll respond as they did to everyone I meet along the way.

Loving God, you are with me in everything I do. Help me to be brave enough to behave accordingly.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Our Part in God’s Mission

They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country,
to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene.

Mark 15:21

The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus

I can’t be sure if Simon helped Jesus out of compassion for him or because he was forced to do so by the guards. I think the Roman soldiers frightened away many people of good will who might otherwise have stepped in to assist their beloved teacher. However it happened, Jesus willingly gave up his burden to Simon. Jesus willingly allowed him to help him to complete his mission.

There was a time when I didn’t think twice about rising in the face of “the establishment” to right the wrongs around me. I protested what I saw as an unjust war. Afterward, I supported veterans whom others spat upon. I marched in support of migrant workers whose employment conditions were deplorable. I even stepped in when a very large man threatened violence to a woman of my own size. Though it might have effected my own job security, I stood with a young teacher who suffered harassment. Then, times changed. The antics of “the establishment” lost my attention as the minutia of busy days drew more and more of my attention. Then, I began to think twice or three times before taking action… until today.

Whether Simon took that cross willingly or not, I will step up and I won’t think twice about it! After all, I have a part in accomplishing a mission as well. God calls each one of us to respond with love every time we encounter a soul who needs us.

Loving God, give me the courage and the love to step up in the face of injustices both large and small. Help me to do my part to transform this world of ours.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved