Stations of the Cross - Station 8
Posted on the 2nd Apr 2021 in the category Resources
Jesus meets the women in lamentation
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 23.27-31
A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But 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 begin to 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?’
Thanks be to God.
Meditate on the Scripture
God eliminates evil not by ignoring it, avoiding it, or passing over it, but by transforming it from within with the power of love. Being together with men and women, accepting and forgiving them even when they conspired together, and prepared a cross and death for him, Jesus reveals how unlimited is the Father’s love, love to which He adheres with total filial obedience. Even the cross and death cannot cause God to tire of loving man, to withdraw and abandon him to his fate. The pain of the cross thus becomes a loud proclamation love; it releases unsuspected and extraordinary human potential. It is a sign of the God’s power and freedom and working through Christ’s courage, loving obedience to the Father, and unconditional dedication to man.
Pray to the Lord
Let our prayer rise to him who by dying gave us life, and intercedes for us with the Father.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy … [Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. …]
Lord Jesus, victim who willed to reconcile us to Your self: Lord, have mercy. …
Lord Jesus, who who freely accepted death for us: Lord, have mercy. …
Lord Jesus, cleanse us from all sin by Your precious blood: Lord, have mercy. …
This is the time when Christ visits the soul.
Store up the Lord’s word to you
O Father, grant to the people You have gained for Yourself the desire to celebrate with faith the mysteries of Your Son’s passion, so that they may once more taste the sweetness of Your forgiveness; through the same 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.