Lenten Reflections | Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Bible Verse

But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

~Luke 23:28-31 (RSVCE)

Reflection
Jesus, when You heard the cries of the women of Jerusalem, You understood their pain. You asked them not to weep, but turn their sorrows to the suffering of the world. In Your time of suffering, You had compassion for others. Do we have compassion for the people around us who are suffering? Do we choose to see the suffering visible around in the world, our community and in those close to us? Do we try to help them or do we back out saying, “What can we do?” or “It’s not our problem!” Are we standing up against the evils of the world today – child abuse, abortion, rape, war and so on?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, open our hearts to the suffering of all the people in the world. Give us the spirit to understand their pain, the courage to challenge the system that places intolerable burdens on them and give us the compassion to support them. Help us to be people of faith and conscience, who affirm the inherent dignity and beauty of women and their children, especially those who are in harm’s way. Amen.

Life Sharing
Being compassionate towards others, for my own family members and friends, has always been a struggle for me. Even when I became a part of the community, I was very judgemental about everyone. I used to judge people with pride rather than compassion. Slowly, through the community members, I understood that this is not a life in Christ. I understood that without love and compassion, I am living a self-centered life. I made a conscious effort to do everything with compassion and love, without which I would be nowhere near my Lord. I understood what Jesus meant when He said:

“Love your neighbour as yourself”. ~ Matthew 22:39

Action Plan

  • I will do my daily work with compassion.
  • I will compassionately give alms.
  • I will intercede for people suffering around the world, especially women and children.

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