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Stations of The Cross

Fourth Station: Jesus meets His Mother

Jesus' mother is making her way towards the procession. She had held Him to her, nurtured, loved and raised Him. Now she knew she had to face the end of His time with her.

He stood before her, trembling under the weight of the cross, His face disfigured, His body bleeding. His mother tried to move closer, to speak with her Son. He tries to move toward her but in an instant the soldiers pushed Him away.

The soldiers could stop them from speaking but they could not break the love that passed between them in their eyes and their hearts.

A prophecy was made when, as a child, Jesus was presented in the Temple. Simeon, a just and devout man, gave a blessing and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed (and a sword will pierce even your own soul) to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2: 34-35 .

Mary had been there at every stage in the life of Jesus. She was there beside him as he took his first steps, holding her breath, longing to put out her hands to steady him, to prevent a fall, but she let him go alone: the little child must learn to walk on his own feet. Now as then she is silent; she holds back her hands as she did then, his will is her will. It was for this hour that she gave him to the world. So, her Son goes on to do his Father's will. The Father so loved the world, that he gave up his only Son to save it.

 

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