The Eighth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem


In this station, Jesus has fallen twice, hardly has the strength to go on, and yet He ministers to the women who mourn for Him as He goes to a brutal death. It is amazing that He is able to focus on anything but what is happening to Him. Instead, Jesus makes it clear that His situation is not as bad as what is coming. The problem here is not that Jesus is being crucified and that the world has turned its back on Him. Instead, the problem is that the world is willing to destroy the gift that God has given them. They will not accept the truth that is laid before them, and cling instead to the truth that allows them to continue living as they would like.

We are given this choice every day. Do we hold onto our own truth, or do we live in God’s truth? Do we accept the difficult task of recognizing where we fall short and allow ourselves to be corrected, or do we dismiss these moments as unimportant? The way we act in times when things are easy will be magnified when times are hard. Let us never forget that.

Luke 23: 27-28, 31

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and your children. For if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?” (Luke 23: 31)

What truth is God trying to show you lately? Are you listening?

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

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