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Monday, February 15, 2016

Lenten Mercy-Meditation: Simon Learns Mercy

Here Simon and Jesus meet each other in the Seventh Station of Mel Gibson's film: The Passion of the Christ. Jesus allows himself to be helped as Simon will carry the better part of the weight. 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 you're having a hard time keeping it all together."
  • "You possibly need to hear yourself thinking: I can  do it all by  myself, thank you."  
  • "You might 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 brokenhearted and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. Psalm 34:19 Jesus isn't a weakling because he accepts help, but he is humble. And humble means: I'm no different, I'm weak and needy, just like everyone else.


  1. I'm up early for work daily and I must tell you that your posts always put me in perspective to start each day with a fresh outlook and and a thankfulness that I have found this new strength. I am so pleased to have your Lenten Mercy Meditations to look forward to as I wake up, instead of the newspaper. I can do much more with this guidance than reading about the world which only brings me frustration. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to write these and share them.

  2. Sometimes I do have trouble keeping it all together. But what do you do when there isn't anyone to help. Sometimes that is just how life is and there is no point in admitting it. Doesn't Jesus already know our struggles?

  3. "There is no point in admitting it." I don't think I'd agree with that. I've met so many adults over the years who don't know themselves well. People who think so poorly of themselves with no sense of their dignity and gifts. On the other hand people who are overly confident, who give no indication of being aware of their brokenness, inner poverty, littleness. Some presidential hopefuls come to mind. We even have term for it: "He's/She's in denial" we said. Sure Jesus knows our struggles already - but don't parents love to hear from their children. The father who knows how difficult the transition is to college - but who loves to hear from his son who is newly away from home. The mother who loves to hear from her newly married daughter.

  4. Knowing even when to ask for help shows great strength. It is not easy for some to even ask a small favor so to ask for real help to get through can take much resolve. It can crush a person to admit inadequacy. Jesus leads by example as we all should.