Jesus looks at us and evokes tears of conversion
V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
A reading from the Gospel according to Luke 23:27-31
There followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him. 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?”
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Jesus our Master, on the way to Calvary, continues to teach us what it is to be
human. Meeting the women of Jerusalem and casting his gaze of truth and mercy
upon them, he accepts every tear of compassion shed for him. The God who wept
over Jerusalem now directs the
tears of those women away from fruitless outward pity. He invites them to see
in him the fate of the innocent man unjustly condemned and then seared, like
green wood, by the “chastisement that makes us whole”.
He helps them to look to the dry wood of their own hearts in order to
experience the life-giving pain born of compunction.
Jesus most humble,
Come, Spirit of Truth,
Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
Eia, mater, fons amoris,
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