Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Mt 5, 5)

In all truth I tell you, you will be weeping and wailing while the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful but your sorrow will be turned into joy. (Jn 16, 20)

If we say we have no sin we are deceiving ourselves and truth has no place in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is trustworthy and upright, so that he will forgive us our sins and will cleanse us from all evil. (1 Jn 1, 8–9)

Lord Jesus, even as you were being led to your death on the cross you had compassion for the grief of others and comforted them. You bear our sorrows, Lord, our suffering and our guilt. We are healed by your bruises.

Loving Lord, I am fully and truly sorry for all my faults, and for the punishment which you took upon yourself when you suffered death on the cross. I am deeply pained when I realise how far from your side I have strayed. Yet in this moment I find you already beside me, sharing my grief and sorrow, your tears washing me clean. Through you I seek reconciliation with the Father for the times I have broken faith with him; for great and merciful as he is, he calls me to himself through you.

Lord Jesus Crucified, have mercy.

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