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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jesus is Helped by Simon to Carry the Cross ~ The Eighth Station




They led him out to crucify him. They enlisted a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross. (Mark 15:21)
John's Gospel tells us that Jesus carried his own cross. The other three gospels tell us Simon helped Jesus. Often cross carriers had already been so abused in prison they didn't make it to the place of execution. A helper might be commissioned along the way to be sure the guards got to do their killing job.

We don't know the extent to which Simon was forced to help Jesus. But he did, and that's how he is remembered thousands of years to today - as a helper. We don't need to complicate it.

A once vital Catholic man and his wife declined mentally and physically and their front and back lawns turned into waist high weed fields. Eventually some Protestant men got a group together from their own parish and spent the day with brush-hogger and scythes taming the place. Soon afterwards it became known that someone from the group said to a Catholic man, "You people don't even take care of your own." 

Is this always true? No. Is it sometimes true? Yes. Was it true in this case? Yes. Is it a shame? Yes.  Simon of Cyrene was a helper. 

3 comments:

  1. I try to be a helper. But there are times when things can be done and we don't think of it. We must keep an awareness, but sometimes it would be beneficial if people would ask for help. So the helpers can know what is needed.

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    1. Some people think the best words I get to speak are, "This is my Body; this is my Blood" or "I absolve you from yours sins." Actually they are: What can I do for you?" or "How can I help." Priests are supposed to be images of what we're all supposed to be .

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    2. Some people think the best words I get to speak are, "This is my Body; this is my Blood" or "I absolve you from yours sins." Actually they are: What can I do for you?" or "How can I help." Priests are supposed to be images of what we're all supposed to be .

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