Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Eucharistic Way of the Cross: Eighth Station

Jesus Meets the daughters of Jerusalem

As Jesus draws near to the place of His death, He encounters some women of the city who wept bitterly at His suffering. He turns to them and says, “Do not weep for me, but for yourselves and for your children…” Jesus was not absorbed in his own self pity; rather He knew that His own sacrificial death had implications that reached far beyond His own human suffering. Future generations would share in His sufferings, as He tells the women gathered there, “For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!'” – But also every generation will share in His victory over death and sin.

At Mass: The priest recalls that our Eucharistic celebration commemorates Jesus’ suffering and death as a memorial for all generations. We remember the pope, the clergy and all the faithful and especially we remember those who have gone before us in faith.

Jesus’ death certainly had a far-reaching effect, uniting all generations and the “wombs that bore them and the breasts that nursed.” Our suffering is united to His and His triumph will be ours to share.

The Mass is a foretaste of this final victory which will be celebrated at the eternal banquet in Heaven.

[For an explanation of this series of meditations on the Way of the Cross see this Introduction.]

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