Based on a painting by Michael D. O’Brien
Station 8: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
VDS Stations of the Cross Worship & Art Experience
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The photos that make up the mosaic have been collected from the over 100,000 photographs found on the internet of humanity grieving, crying, mourning, or experiencing sadness. Included in these photographs are members of the GABLE community who lovingly stand in solidarity with all who suffer.
The process of pulling together all these photos of people across the globe expressing very real, heartbreaking and painful emotions was agonizing in itself. The stark realization that every moment the world is flooded with tears can be despairing. It can cause us to bitterly answer Christ’s statement, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children,” with, “We do. Oh, we do.” However, this emotional experience also gives us pause to reflect on how we will respond to our collective weeping. Instead of paralyzing us, our tears offer us a hopeful opportunity to corporately embody Christ today, our Jesus who also wept. As the resurrected Body of Christ, we, as God’s children, can share Christ’s healing embrace with humanity, wipe every tear from their eyes. And we can also channel Christ’s righteous indignation over the needless suffering we inflict on our human family into reparative and regenerative action, continually hopeful of manifesting Christ’s Kingdom today.