Way of the Cross - 5. Simon helps carry the cross



5.         Simon helps carry the cross





Simon of Cyrene finds himself

caught up in a crowd

snaking its way up to Golgotha,

a crowd mocking, pushing, lost in the seething anger

of Scribes and Pharisees.

He sees a man carrying a cross,

a man about to collapse.

His heart stirred with compassion reaches out.

Suddenly pushed he lunges forward

and lands at the feet of Christ.

Eyes meet -

Simon spell bound beholds the depth of Christ -

pure light, holy innocence,

a heart on fire with love, for him, for the world.


Humbled, Simon shoulders the cross of Jesus,

whom he recognizes as a man in this world, but not of this world.

In awe he walks, a changed man, on the path of liberation

to a life of eternal salvation.


Whose holy cross are you shouldering at the moment?



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