Station 4

Station 4:  Jesus Meets His Mother

Scripture Passage

Now there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus, therefore saw his mother and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19: 25-27)

Meditation from Fr. Jason Smith, LC

We adore you, O Christ, and praise you, for by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

Together with Mary, we fix our gaze upon Jesus as he carries his cross. Throughout history, artists have attempted to capture the depth of emotion in this moment, but all fall short. Only through the words of Scripture and our own contemplation can we truly grasp the exchange of empathy, love, and suffering that takes place as Jesus meets Mary’s gaze. By remaining in this moment, we understand that sometimes, the most expressive form of prayer requires no words.

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