Stations of the Cross + Meditation: 4th Station

April 8, 2020 |

Station 4 “Jesus meets his Mother”


Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary,
“This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed
so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed –
and a sword will pierce your own soul, too.”
Then Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them.
His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
(Luke 2:34-35.51)




Did Mary have to see you in this state?
Your mother,
who more than anyone must have been pained at the sight of your suffering;
whose heart a sword must have pierced, when she beheld you thus.
Her mother’s heart gave her no rest
until she witnessed what had happened to her Jesus;
her Jesus, the most beautiful of men,
in whose countenance one reads that Higher Being
who had taken on human nature,
now unrecognizable, deformed, broken, a ruin threatening to collapse;
the Man of Sorrows,
in whom there is no longer any beauty or splendor,
counted among the greatest criminals,
covered with blood and bruises,
smeared with filth and spittle of the executioners. – – –
O Mary, let me see your Jesus with you,
as a speechless witness to his grief.
O Jesus, come to meet me
and let me behold you in all your frightful suffering.
In the presence of your mother,
I will be able to see that suffering close-up and sound its depths.
I had resolved to follow you on your painful way of the cross.
I wish to do so hand in hand with your beloved mother.


Rolf Willemsen, O. Carm.
Fr. Rolf "Nepi" Willemsen, O. Carm., is a Carmelite priest living in Joliet, IL.
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