The Fifth Station — Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you — because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Reading: As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus. —Luke 23:26
Reflection: Full of wounds and covered in bruises, Jesus made his way to his death without the support of his friends. Those closest to Jesus — those who once walked with him — were now hiding in fear. He was alone in his suffering and the soldiers saw his strength weakening. They pulled Simon of Cyrene from the crowd. Jesus accepted his help, and together they carried the Cross.
We can’t make it through life without the support of others. Sometimes our friends abandon us in our darkest time. Sometimes we are afraid to ask for help. Even though it may feel scary to lay our needs before others, we are called to be vulnerable and allow others to walk with us.
Jesus, help me to embrace my cross, and give me the freedom to receive support from others. For the times we have failed to accept help and allowed pride to get in our way, forgive us.