Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Fifth Station ~ Simon Of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry The Cross

In this scene Simon has picked up the cross in all of its great weight, and Jesus is allowing himself to be helped. And as Jesus is always teaching, even on the way to his death, there is something for me to learn. Am I teachable? 

Allowing Simon to help with the cross, Jesus might be saying to me personally: 
  • "Maybe you need to learn that you're not invincible." 
  • "Perhaps you need to admit to someone else that you're having    a hard time keeping it all together." 
  • "You possibly need to hear yourself saying (or thinking) I can      do it all by myself, thank you." 
  • "Maybe you need to stop trying to be a one-man-show.' 

People who don't allow others to see them as vulnerable and needy are going to have a hard time getting close to God. On this road of sorrows, Jesus models for us our fundamental stance before God. "The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34:19) 

Jesus isn't a weakling because he accepts help, but his is humble. And humble means: "I'm no different; I'm weak and needy, just like all the others."

A moment of silence

Our Father Who art in heaven...
Hail Mary full of grace...
Glory be to the Father...


  1. I pray to be open and teachable. Not closed and steadfast to change. It is hard to be vulnerable.

  2. Power and strength - even brute strength is where it's at. The Gospel message invites us to discover God in our vulnerability. Be like children, Jesus says. The poor Christians of Syria, so vulnerable, but so close to God. To be vulnerable, you have to take a risk.