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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem ~ The Eighth Station

When Jesus stood outside the grave of Lazarus, his friend, Saint John's Gospel tells us that he wept. Weeping is hard crying, painful crying. Weeping comes from an especially deep inner place of hurt or relief. Maybe the death of Lazarus opened up these tears in Jesus as he wept for the sorrow of the whole world. 

Jesus had the sensitivity to weep for Lazarus, for his grieving sisters, Martha and Mary and for the anguish of all who suffer. And here, these women along the road are weeping for Jesus. 

Can I feel some hope for the world in this scene - that on this brutal Good Friday, there were at least these women who returned the favor and wept for Jesus. What a shame that some people think tears are a sign of weakness. Sometimes stopping to share the sorrow of others is the only thing, but the best thing we can offer. Tears can be an indicator of strong solidarity.

Our Father Who Art in Heaven...
Hail Mary full of grace...
Glory be to the Father...


  1. Tears of sadness, tears of joy. An emotional response, cleansing and freeing. Why do so many people hold back on their tears if even Jesus outwardly shed them? In our culture, it is a sign of weakness when a man weeps openly. You are correct in saying it is a sign of solidarity. United in each other's tears. I find comfort in that.

  2. I cry sorrowful tears for the people I have hurt. And you should too.

  3. It doesn't help when we sign "anonymous". We're Christians and have been given names in Baptism. I've always felt it's right to use our names - at least our first names. Tears of sorrow are an important piece of spiritual living. Indeed, there's an earlier entry here about Penthos: spiritual tears. For everyone - probably starting with the clergy. Now, I can't tell if "And you should too" is directed at me personally or all of the folks around the world who see this blog. Maybe that's good advice and of course we must follow our own good advice which you indicate you do. But for me the word "should" is almost a dirty word. I think in 34 years of priesthood I have never used it - certainly from a pulpit. It's a word religious people often used, it's often laden with judgments and assessments about others. "Should" isn't a Jesus word. "Should" means, "I know something you don't know." Sing it. "Should" sounds bossy. And maybe I'm being paranoid but here it sounds like, "You know something about me that I SHOULD be sorry for." If you'd care to clue me in further - there's an email address along the right side of the blog entries. Only I see it. I'm not beyond reproach. God be with you.

  4. Here is some good advice for the above commenter: MORE JESUS and less drama, less selfishness, less bitterness, less, complaining, less gossip, less pride, less anger, less resentment. Think less about yourselves and more about others. Although I don't know anything about Father Morris except what I read here, he has only given me pause to reflect upon what I can do for myself to be a better Christian and I am grateful for this. We all might think about shedding tears for your bitterness whatever it may be.