The Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother


From the cross, Jesus exclaims, “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” I wonder, as we come to the place where Mary meets Jesus on the way to His death, if she ever thought the same.

In the Bible we don’t hear if she fought or if she struggled. We only hear that she was there. Did she doubt, did she question, or did none of it matter, because she was going to be there for Jesus, even if the only thing she could do was to be present?

Many of us have had the experience of helping a sick friend, or maybe even being with a friend who is dying. As my cousin’s young son was dying of a rare, genetic disorder, there was nothing anyone could do. Yet there were so many things that were done for their family. Money was raised to pay medical bills. Donations gave them memorable experiences to give moments of joy within the trial of the illness. People came to visit and spend time in laughter, tears, and anger, sharing in the emotions that swirl around this time of waiting.

These are the times that we can do no more than Mary did. We can’t take away the pain, we can’t take away the consequences, but we can be present with a fierceness that won’t allow even death to stop us. We can be present and offer comfort with our love when there is nothing else we can give. Never underestimate the power in that offering.

Where are you being called to give the gift of presence today?

If you’re just now jumping in, find the rest of the Stations of the Cross here.

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Karen May

Inspirational Catholic Writer and Speaker

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