8 - Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

            We adore you O Christ and we bless you

All        because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.


Bible Reading – Luke 23:27-31

A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. 28But Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For the days are surely coming when they will say, “Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.” 30Then they will begin to say to the mountains, “Fall on us”; and to the hills, “Cover us.” 31For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?’



It is odd, but some people view executions as entertainment and meet those about to die with vitriol.  Are these women there for mawkish reasons?  Are they drawn by the horror of it and come to see if it is real?  Some will be hate filled and angry with Jesus, either because he failed to be the rebel leader they wanted or because he has dared to oppose the status quo.  Some clearly weep for him.  He tells them to weep for themselves and their children.  The women stand for humanity.  His execution condemns the world and they share in that.  Mothers give birth to those who grow up to be victims and perpetrators.  The soldiers are also sons as are Jesus and those being crucified with him.


Lord Jesus,

we give you thanks and praise

for in the women you pronounced judgement

on all we could become.

May the challenge from your procession

call us to faithful and righteous living.  Amen.



            O Saviour of the world

who by your cross and precious blood redeemed us

All        Save us and help us we humbly beseech you, O Lord.