Way of the Cross. WYD’ 2016. Station VIII – JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM

INSTRUCT THE IGNORANT

V. Adoramus Te Christe et benedicimus Tibi.

R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Acts of the Apostles:

An Ethiopian, a court official of the Ethiopians, was returning home from Jerusalem, reading the prophet Isaiah in his chariot. […]. Philip said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” […] Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this scripture passage, he proclaimed Jesus to him.

(Ac 8:27-28, 30-31, 35)

Lord Jesus, we recognize the power and mercy of your Spirit, who told Philip to join the man in order to teach him. Mercy, because this man was “strange” and excluded from the community of prayer and worship.

Power, which resulted in faith and baptism. We would like to learn from Philip the ability to instruct the ignorant — instruction full of humility, stimulating the speaker to pose important questions; instruction focused on you — on the event of your death and resurrection — instruction that leads the listener to recognize in you a Lord and Savior.

You alone also reveal to us the merciful ability to instruct the ignorant at this station — You are talking to the women accompanying you: Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children (Lk 23:28). You instruct, because you love. You instruct from within your own Passion — forgetting about yourself, surpassing

Lord Jesus, contemplating this station of your way of the cross, we learn that instruction should always be an act of love and mercy. We apologize for those moments in life when we instructed others in anger, in pride — to get our way — when we were stubborn in our convictions. We apologize for wanting to shine our own wisdom, with which we shroud you — the Source of Wisdom and Wisdom Incarnate. We apologize for all the situations where we abused the trust of those, whom you entrusted us in the service of education. We beseech you, Lord, all the teachers, professors, catechists, educators, and above all parents: Fill them with your power and mercy, so that they can lead and instruct those entrusted to them. With wise words and a convincing testimony. Divine Rabbi and Witness, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

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ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

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