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Luke 23:28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”
In the presence of weeping women, Jesus offers compassion because he is aware of what awaits them. The futures of communities are intimately linked to the well-being of women. When a woman’s role is diminished, communities fail to reach their full potential.
Wherever there is indifference concerning the future of a populace—whether it be the neglect of family values, oppression of women, or overuse of resources—Jesus still whispers: Weep for sin; weep for systems that separate us; weep for yourselves and your children. And as we weep, Jesus invites us to bear the cross into the hard places of life—and to cry Hosanna for remembrance and restoration.
MOVING FORWARD: What are you weeping over right now? How can you sing Hosanna into this moment?