Day 9 – Tears

ONE FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS by Jenny Hawke

9. TEARS

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem Luke 23: 27-31

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’ At that time, people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?”

I started the painting with the vision of nothing else but tears, like rain dripping down on a glass. But then I saw a horizon through the tears. Whilst Jesus was carrying his cross, suffering beyond measure, the whole of creation wept. Not just the women, but the world as we know it broke its heart. The horizon is blurred but there is still the path ahead that Jesus must take.