There followed after Jesus a great multitude of the people, and among them were women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”
This station compels us to consider the long-range implications of our actions. It reminds us that justice must come or we will all suffer for the lack of it. Some of us find it easy to judge and condemn. Others find it easy to serve and support. The truth is that support without judgment is compliance with evil. “Don’t weep for me if this happens,” Jesus tells the women of Jerusalem. “Weep for yourselves and your children if this society continues on the road that it is on.” Don’t weep for the people on death row, in other words, weep for the kind of society that would stoop so low as to become what it hates.
Do we really reject what we call sinful or do we really reject only the sinners themselves? This question brings us to face ourselves at our deepest, darkest core.
Jesus, help me to strive for both mercy and justice. Give me the heart to stand with the people who need me and the courage to go beyond what is to what can be. Amen.