8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
They gather outside the community centre to share their day. Like women everywhere they talk about their children, and, as they are poor, they talk about where to buy the cheapest food. Beneath the everyday is fear and sorrow shared. They give each other comfort.
Lord, we weep for ourselves and our children.
Spare us from the threats that hang over the world:
climate crisis, war, persecution.
Show us how to do our part
in the building of your kingdom
of peace and justice.