Station 4: Jesus meets his mother
Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” [Luke 2.33-35]
Mary, the mother of Jesus, watches Jesus fall and runs forward to help her beloved son. The words of Simeon pierce her heart. Her tears burn her cheeks. Jesus sees his mother’s distress and tries to comfort her.
“The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” [Psalm 34.18]
I weep with you Mary. Am I the cause of your suffering? Have I betrayed your son? Your tears melt the indifference of my heart, when I witness the broken relationships of others, who are not close to me. I pray for love and peace between all mothers and their children. I pray for relief for mothers who struggle to bring up their children, especially those who do so in poverty. Lord, do not let me stand idly by.
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