Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
Leader: We adore thee, O Christ, and we praise thee.
All: Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.
“Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. ‘Why all this commotion and crying?” Mark 5:38b-40
“I see these women, they are professionals, they are paid to weep and wail. They go to funerals, and executions. They do it as a job. They remind me of the man who once asked me what he ought to do to inherit eternal life. He said he’d done the commandments. I told him to do something that came out of his own heart, not what someone – even Moses - told him to do. I wish these women would give up this theatrical performance and live their own lives and their own feelings for their own loved ones…if they have any. I hope they do.”