The Fourth Station — Jesus Meets His Mother
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you — because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Reading: “And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierced) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.’” —Luke 2:34
Reflection: As Jesus continues his journey, his eyes meet his Mother’s. Mary moves toward her Son, but due to the Cross, their embrace is restricted. No words are spoken. No words are necessary — their connection communicates compassion and love. Despite her immense suffering, Mary remains.
The pain of watching a loved one suffer can be unbearable. Sometimes we lack the patience to walk with them in their suffering. Sometimes we turn away because the burden is too heavy. Even though the challenge to love may at times feel overwhelming, we are invited to put ourselves aside and be present to those before us.
Jesus help us to see the places in need of your healing, and give us the grace to make your Mother’s compassion known in this world. For the times we have failed to surrender to your love, forgive us.