The Fourth Station: Cry Out with the Women of Jerusalem

April 8, 2011 § 3 Comments


There he is – a lonely, sweaty, dirty, bloody man condemned for his actions and words of challenge to the authorities, struggling along the road to his death. And now, here is a crowd of women, crying out on his behalf. Their actions cannot and will not prevent Jesus from making the ultimate sacrifice – but they call attention to his suffering, and perhaps, to the injustice of his situation. Jesus turns to them and reminds them that he is, in a sense, already lost – but that the ramifications of such injustice will affect the generations to come.

This situation is not dissimilar to that which exists in the world today. Injustice exists in many forms, sometimes on personal levels, and sometimes in large scale issues. Social injustice, the kind which maintains millions of people around the world in poverty, keeps women in subjugation, denies life-saving medications to whole populations solely because of where they live in the world, or denies marriage rights to many, is alive and well in our world.

While we are not asked to solve all of these problems, sometimes it may be within our power to cry out like the women of Jerusalem, and draw attention to the injustice present for so many. In our lamentations, we draw others into consideration of the events of our world, and of the ramifications these events have on the generations that will inherit what we have wrought together – hopefully leading us to avoid continuing the same injustice now perpetuated. How can we, as Christians, cry out against injustice? Find out more about one way the Church is crying out at, and find out about how we as a parish can commit ourselves to being a voice against injustice.

– Lauren Marcewicz

Image note: This image, representing Jesus Meets the Women, is from The Fourteen Stations Of The Cross Project by Thomas Faulkner that was commissioned by the national Episcopal Church, USA, for its 2003 General Convention.

§ 3 Responses to The Fourth Station: Cry Out with the Women of Jerusalem

  • Mwry says:

    Thanks Lauren, I think that crying out is one of those actions we don’t get to because we’d rather not see the suffering. It is only when we really let it in that we are moved to cry out. We are afraid of being powerless in the face of overwhelming problems, yet by not looking or by keeping silence we relinquish what we can do.

  • gochrisgo75 says:

    Lauren, thanks so much for this post.

    I like how you talk about “crying out” here. I think I’ve considered crying to be a rather powerless, even futile thing. But I think you’re showing us quite the opposite here. The recent events in Egypt also show us that crying out together can make true change.

    This station also stands out for me since it could be seen as a “compilation” station — the traditional Catholic stations have “Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus” and “Jesus Meets His Mother”. I wonder why our stations keep Simon of Cyrene, but not Veronica?

  • MaryO says:

    I love the photo here, and Lauren’s words have encouraged me to cry out more against injustice.

    Chris–I think we keep Simon of Cyrene but not Veronica because Simon’s role is in all three Synoptic Gospels, while Veronica is not a Biblical presence. Whether she was one of the women of Jerusalem is unknown (but possible).

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