Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Baby and the Woman

The Eighth Station - Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you

R. Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

The depiction of this station at St. Sebastian is unusual. Instead of "women", it has a woman with an infant child in her arms. The words of Jesus echo in our ears: "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, over us!' for if these things are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"