As Jesus carries his cross to Calvary, a large crowd of people follows him, including many women who mourn and lament him. But Jesus turns to them and says, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children … For if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?” (Luke 23: 27 – 31).
Jesus’ words provoke us to reflect on ourselves. Are we complicit in his death? Instead of lamenting the wrongdoings of the world, should we lament our own?
The holy women of Jerusalem remind us that it is important to bear witness to the suffering of this world; but Jesus reminds us that our witness isn’t complete unless we convert our hearts and change our ways.
Today, we first invite you to witness and lament the wrongdoings committed against the Amazon, which shares in the crucifixion of Jesus.
Tomorrow, we will look at this problem by asking ourselves how we can convert our hearts and change our ways.