Station Nine: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Leonard Freed, Arrested Demonstrators in front of the United Nations Building in New York City
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Luke 23: 27-31
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 for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.' At that time, people will say to the mountains, 'Fall upon us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!' for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?"
Samantha Smith | Reporter, The Georgia Bulletin
As crowds gathered around Jesus, women came to greet him in his difficult journey. For so many of us, a woman is seen as a comfort in devastation – whether it be a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister or friend. However, sometimes we ignore their needs, cries for help, or dismiss the importance of their presence. With the example of Jesus, may we be grateful for the women in our lives that comfort us through tragedy and grief. May we acknowledge their strength, and pray that the lives they touch bring others closer to Christ.