Stations of the Cross - Station 4
Posted on the 2nd Apr 2021 in the category Resources
Jesus meets His Mother
Read the Scripture
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
from the Gospel according to St Luke 2.34-35, 51
Then Simeon blessed them and said to His mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
from the Gospel according to St John 19.25-27
Standing near the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing beside her, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
Thanks be to God.
Meditate on the Scripture
‘When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?’ Yes He finds it here, in her! Where He has always found faith: faith resisting darkness. In His final hours, she and her faith are His great consolation. We need that eye of faith too, to contemplate the mystery of the passion, to contemplate great and essential realities in the midst of upheaval. Jesus’s eucharistic love – that is, His crucified love – is the supremely necessary reality that gives us the key to understanding and reordering everything else. It is the only reality from which all the others receive light and clarity. Mary had the essential eye for these things. May she, the Mother of the Man of Sorrows, intercede for us, and teach us the way of faith.
Pray to the Lord
Let us pray to the Lord that, through Mary’s intercession, our eyes may be opened to the wonders of His law.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy … [Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. …]
Lord Jesus, who have walked before God in the land of the living: Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, who have given us consolation in tribulation: Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, our master and teacher, who guides us to salvation: Lord, have mercy.
This is the time when Christ visits the soul.
Store up the Lord’s word to you
Holy Father, who in the journey of Your pilgrim Church on earth, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been a luminous sign of the gifts of Your kingdom; through her intercession and example support our faith and revive our hope on the road that leads to salvation; through Christ our Lord.
O holy Mary pray for us: that the wounds your Son endured, which pierced your soul also,
may be imprinted in our hearts, and revealed in lives of mercy and peace.