Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene carries the Cross
At last, a moment of respite! It is obvious that Jesus is beginning to flag; His strength is leaving Him rapidly. The Authorities are concerned that, with the Sabbath coming, with the Passover still in full swing, and whether they can continue to control a crowd who initially welcomed Jesus into the city as He rode on a colt, this crucifixion must take place forthwith. It is not out of compassion for Jesus that they force Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross, but rather for expediency and their own convenience, lest their own dark motives be made manifest. For the innocent St Simon, he plays a part in the Salvation of Mankind. We all get to play a part in the Salvation of Mankind if we are willing to shoulder the burden.