Eighth Station

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

From the Gospel according to Luke (23:27-31)

A number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”.

1992 073 009 V0001George Tooker (American, 1920–2011), Drawings for “The Stations of the Cross,” 1984, Pencil on tracing paper. Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame. Gift of the artist. 1992.073.009

Reflection:

We live in a world where it is often hard to find hope among the many hardships that we face on a daily basis. As a result, many resort to selfishness, making decisions within their lives that benefit only them and those close to them, often at the expense of others. We see this phenomenon especially in our world right now, when many discount the concept of “social distancing” as something that is only suggested and is not a necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, in this station, we see the weeping women, a group of people who are not afraid to vocally express their love for Jesus and their sadness at His suffering in the midst of a community that has turned on Him. They are the epitome of selflessness, making themselves vulnerable for Jesus as He walks by, showing Him that they care for Him and will miss Him. He in turn gives them consolation, warning them that these times will continue and to stay steadfast. 

We will move past the COVID-19 crisis in at most a couple of years; however, its effects will remain with us as individuals and as a society. However, that will not be the end of suffering in our lives. Jesus intended His message for the weeping women to be for us as well; we must stay steadfast in the hardships that we face, keeping selflessness and love in our hearts and our actions. 

– Matthew Heilman ’23

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