Unlike the crowd in the previous scenes, there is no suggestion here of hostility. Among them are some women - public mourners who wailed in lamentation over criminals on their way to execution.
Jesus turns their grief away from him and laments the death of their beloved city and its inhabitants in years to come - the terrible Roman siege of Jerusalem (66-70 AD).
Luke also notes that two criminals were part of the procession, an echo of what Jesus said at the Last Supper: "For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, namely, 'He was counted among the wicked.'"
This whole scene is a sad one. Women lamenting. A death march of criminals - "dead men walking."
There is a a time for sad thoughts and sad songs. No easy answers. Hardly any words.
Just the Lord and you together for a while.
- Little Black Book, Diocese of Saginaw