Fourth Station: Jesus meets his afflicted mother
A reading from the Gospel according to Luke
Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.’(Luke 6:20-21)
A Meditation from Julian of Norwich
Here I saw a part of the compassion of Our Lady Saint Mary: for Christ and she were so made in love that the greatness of her loving was the cause of the greatness of her pain. In this I saw an example of natural love, strengthened by grace, that creatures have for him;
which kind love was most fully and surpassingly shown in his sweet Mother. For ever the higher, the mightier, the sweeter that the love be, the more sorrow it is to the lover to see that beloved body in pain.
Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal one, have mercy upon us.