The Characters in the Story The Women of Jerusalem
Responses are from a liturgy used on Iona- Wildgoose Publications
Where Christ Walks We will follow
Where Christ stumbles We will stop
Where Christ cries We will listen
Where Christ suffers We will hurt
When Christ dies We will bow our heads in Sorrow
When Christ rises again in glory We will share his endless joy.
It is nice to be understood as a person. We are all individual, different needs, differnet responses. The issue becomes when we treat others who are different to us, as objects. In the past women have sufferd, children suffered, ethnic minorities suffered, the LGBTIQ+ communties.
In the stories attributed to be about Jesus, he comes across as more genuine, certainly doesn't want to impress but gets on with being himself, which was filled with as many questions in his life as answers.
Heavenly Lord, sometimes we fail to treat people who are different as equals because we are scared. We are scared to protect who we are. When the women of Jerusalem cried for Jesus, he told them not to cry for him but for themselves. Help us to put others first.