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Pause and Ponder on your journey through Lent – Week Six, read by Mary

We invite you to pause and ponder on Holy Week with Mary tonight. Day by day  we have been hearing reports of the suffering endured by the women of Ukraine and their children.  Throughout history, the innocent Jesus continues to suffer with the victims of violence of every kind. Let us ponder the words of Jesus in the Passion Story: “Weep for yourselves and for your children.” Blessings

On Palm Sunday this year, we have read the Passion Story from Luke’s Gospel.

One detail unique to Luke’s Gospel is the little scene with the women who lamented for Jesus on his way to Calvary.  This scene is familiar to many of us as the Eighth Station on the Way of the Cross: The Women of Jerusalem Weep for Jesus.

Jesus acknowledges their concern, but his response is: “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me but for yourselves and for your children.”  In the generation that followed the time of Jesus, the city of Jerusalem suffered a harrowing siege and after almost two years it was utterly destroyed by the Roman armies in 70AD.  Some of these women and their children would surely have been among the victims of that terrible war.

Day by day over the course of this Lent we have heard reports of the suffering endured by the women of Ukraine and their children.  But we still cannot really imagine the reality of what they have had to endure.  Throughout history, the innocent Jesus continues to suffer with the victims of violence of every kind.

May God give us the grace of deep compassion, and move us to a practical solidarity with those who are suffering in the present conflict.  May the outstretched arms of Jesus draw them to himself.

We pause and ponder the words of Jesus: “Weep for yourselves and for your children.”

 

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Click here to watch Fr La’s Pause and Ponder reflections along the Pilgrim Path

The earlier reflections are also listed below:

Reflection: ‘Path and Shore’

Reflection: ‘Standing on the Seat’

Reflection: ‘What’s in a Name?’

Reflection: ‘Brought to the Light’

Reflection: ‘Written in Stone’

Reflection: ‘Seedtime on the Path’

Reflection: ‘The Bonnie Rowan Tree’

Reflection: ‘Harebells in August’

Reflection: ‘Fireweed’

Reflection: ‘A Wetland View’

Reflection: ‘Together on the Pilgrim Path’

Reflection: ‘Fairy Fingers’

Reflection: ‘Wayside in Detail’

Reflection: ‘Wayside in Bloom’

Reflection: ‘Pilgrim Rhododendrons

Reflection: ‘Another Oak’

Reflection: ‘The Only Oak’

Reflection: ‘Back where it Began’

Reflection: ‘Bluebells in May’

Reflection: ‘Three Mysteries’ 

Reflection: ‘The Quarry and the Cross’ 

Reflection: ‘Support Structure’ 

Reflection: ‘Roots Unseen’ 

Reflection: ‘The Path to Emmaus’

Reflection: ‘Birdsong Blessing’

Reflection: ‘Looking for Life’

Reflection: ‘The Rising Sap’

Reflection: ‘As If Brigid Might Forget’

Reflection: ‘Pilgrim Waters at Lough Derg’

Reflection: ‘Along the Pilgrim Path’

Reflection: ‘My Friends The Catkins’

Reflection: ‘Puddles on the Path’

Reflection: ‘Brigid at Lough Derg’

Reflection: ‘Fir Trees First’

Reflection: ‘Latching on the Lichens’

Reflection Frosty Lockdown 

Reflection Day of New Beginning

Reflection Muddy Tracks

Reflection ‘Midwinter Holly’

Reflection ‘Pilgrimage in the Frost’

Reflection ‘Old Roots, New Shoots’

Reflection ‘The Blessing of Space’ 

Reflection ‘Reflecting on Reflections’

Reflection ‘Insignificant Sphagnum’ 

Reflection ‘The Magic of Mushrooms’ 

Reflection ‘The Gift of the Rainbow’

Reflection ‘The Uphill Path’ 

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