Way of the Cross - 8. Jesus meets the women.

 

 

8.         Jesus meets the women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

A heart rendering cry spanning across the ages.

Desolation in the grip of abandonment.

Yet, along this journey to Golgotha

Jesus encounters angels in Gethsemane,

even Pontius Pilate attempts to save him.

He encounters Veronica, Mary his mother, Simon

and now the women.

Their hearts ache at the sight of him,

long to hold him to their bosom -

to comfort, to console.

Yet, Jesus, focused as usual, on the eternal horizon

sees this very moment as one of redemption,

but he sees also in this very act of Self outpouring

the future tumult and misery

of a world intent on its own destruction.

So why this sacrifice?

Is this not a futile act of a dreamer

this pilgrimage to Golgotha?

No, his love, breaking all barriers, pleads of the women -

accept my gift of Salvation,

pour yourselves out in prayer and service

storm the heavens with your love,

to your bosom embrace the lost,

those trapped in and blinded by deceit and  darkness.

Become my partner and walk the journey of dying into life.

 

 

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