The Eighth Station: Jesus Speaks to the Women of Jerusalem
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross, you have saved the world.
Mary and some of the other women are crying and feeling so sorry for Jesus. They love him very much. As he passes them, Jesus speaks to them, even though he is very tired and weak. He asks them not to cry for him and they seem to be comforted by his words.
Had I been you, I would have cursed the crowd and the fate that had brought me to this way of the cross. But you speak only words of compassion for the anonymous women who show you pity. "Weep not for me," you say. "Weep for yourselves and your children." Their future pain is more real to you than your own.
Dear Jesus, help me to be a comfort to others when they are suffering. Teach me not to think of my own troubles, but to reach out and help my family and friends.