Fifth Station

Simon helps Jesus to carry his cross


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because, by your holy cross,
you have redeemed the world


Reading
They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. (Mark 15: 21)


Meditation
Jesus was so weak that the soldiers were afraid that he may not reach the place of execution, so they forced a passer-by to carry his cross. Simon no doubt tried to refuse, but in the end he did carry the cross. Only the day before the disciples had insisted that they would remain faithful to Jesus whatever happened, but first they fell asleep in the garden, and then after the arrest they ran away.

How like the parable that Jesus had told, where it was the unwilling son who in fact did what his father wanted. Words and empty promises are not enough. We, like Simon, must take up our cross and share in Christ’s passion in our daily lives.


Lord Jesus,
you carried your cross for us.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
we are weak and often fail you.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
help us to take up our cross
and follow you.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Holy God
Holy Mighty One
Holy Immortal One
have mercy on us and on the whole world.