The Eighth Station — Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you — because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Reading: “Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children.’” —Luke 23:28
Reflection: The women Jesus met along the way wept for him. In his suffering, they saw his innocence, which moved them to tears. But they don’t see that the forces that carried Jesus to the cross — selfishness, fear, greed, pride — are also at work in their own hearts. Jesus calls them to transform their pity into a change of heart.
Sin clouds our vision and distances us from God. Sometimes we become selfish and don’t see how our actions impact others. Sometimes our sins feel so great that we don’t trust that God could ever forgive us. Despite our failings, God’s mercy runs deep — but to find that mercy, we must face ourselves with honesty and bring to light what is hidden in darkness
Jesus, draw us closer to you. May your suffering move us to seek integrity and humility.. Help us to be honest with ourselves so that we can see the truth of our lives. For the times we have failed to live fully in your love, forgive us.