Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Fourth Station: Jesus meets His Blessed Mother

On His way out of Jerusalem, burdened by His cross, Jesus sees His mother, the Blessed Virgin. What can this woman do but watch her son stagger bleeding and weakened while the crowd laugh and point? What emotions pierce her heart? She feels no shame but her maternal instincts to protect and tend to her wounded son are thwarted. She can only watch helplessly as the ghastly procession passes by. And Jesus too, unable to reach out for His mother's hand, is denied the comfort of one who loves Him. He is not allowed to be loved now, only to be hated.

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