Friday, April 4, 2014

Stations of the Cross: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Station Four
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
Luke 23:27-31

All: Dear Heavenly Father, let Your goodness lead us to repentance. Let the heart of a Father displayed for us on Calvary so overwhelm us that we can only turn to you, laying aside every weight, and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set before us.

Leader:  "A voice was heard on the desolate heights, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel. For they have perverted their way; They have forgotten the Lord their God." (Jeremiah 3:21 NKJV)

Jesus' heart is so tender toward those for whom He is about to die that He hears the sobs of the women who line the street on His way. It isn't that He isn't suffering, but His pain is not great enough to blot out His grief for His children. And so He invites them to see themselves through His eyes, lost and lonely. "Weep not for me, but for yourselves and for your children."

Silent prayer

All: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to see Your tears, to hear Your invitation to see myself through Your eyes. Show me the things in myself that cause You to grieve for me, and let Your sorrow lead me to true repentance.

Vedhagiri Ranganathan. Giri is a self-taught painter whose vivid colors reflect the traditional Tanjore style from South India. Giri has worked in fabric, pastel, oil or acrylic.
Giri is originally from India. When he agreed to take part in this exhibition, I asked him to think of Jesus 'in' his native country to illustrate the fact that what happened on that day was for all of humanity.
30 X 40 Acrylic on canvas $500

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