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Friday, October 19, 2018

9th Station of the Sacred Heart: Jesus Weeps

Ninth Station 

Jesus weeps for Jerusalem
Heart of Jesus weeps for the sinfulness of the people and teaches contrition for sin

We Adore you O Lord and we love You
-Because by Your Sacred Heart You have made manifest Your Love

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned, desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”-Mt 23:37-39

As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace but now it is hidden from your eyes.For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”-Lk 19:41-44


The Heart of Jesus weeps.  It is not only an external sorrow or a detached pity over the sins of these chosen people, living in this chosen city.  Scripture tells us that Jesus became sin (2 Cor 5:21), this is how far the unity of the Sacred Heart goes.  Here He weeps not just for Jerusalem, but also, in a sense as Jerusalem. Imagine Jesus standing before the throne of the Father full of shame and sadness.  He feels sorrow and contrition for all the sins of the world so fully and completely that He becomes those sins in order to offer due contrition to the Father.  This weeping for the city of Jerusalem shows the contrition of His Heart and, while it precedes His cry from the cross, “Father, forgive them”, it already cries out to the Father in sorrow.  He takes upon Himself these sins of the present and weeps in true contrition for them for “they know not what they do”.

Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach us true sorrow for our sins

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