Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

There is no indication in the Scriptures that the women who mourned Jesus on his way to execution were those closest to him, such as those who remained at the foot of the Cross at his death – or even if these mourners are the women in Luke’s Gospel who “provided for (Jesus and the disciples) from their own resources”. These here may be representative of the many who knew Jesus and had experienced his tender acceptance and respect. They are in classical poses of piety, the one with hands joined in prayer that this mockery and cruelty might cease, the other, one hand on the breast and the other outstretched in lament. Once again, flowers appear both at the feet of Jesus and at the heel of the Cross.

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