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Fifth Station

Fifth Station – Simon Helps Jesus Bear His Cross

What is it the soldiers see? Is it a man growing increasingly weak under the weight of the cross, broken, almost, by the torment of those who jeer him on, cruelly beaten along the way to his death? Whatever they see there is a fear in them, a fear that he will not make it to the stage that is Calvary. If he grows too weak, he may not reach the end. Roughly, they drag Simon out from the crowd. With the threat of a beating, they force him to bear the weight that Jesus has borne thus far.

What does Simon see? A criminal condemned, walking to his death? Maybe he catches a glimpse of a face that had allowed others to glimpse the compassion of God. Maybe Simon sees relief in Jesus’ eyes as this stranger now picks up a weight so heavy for one to bear. Simon risks everything but it is a risk he bears on his own shoulders, and it is he who makes a yoke easier to bear, and a burden lightened.

Lord, I know what it’s like to be weighed down by the cares of life, yet I so easily forget that my thoughtlessness, my selfishness, and my lack of concern can so easily weigh down on others. Give me the vision to see where I can be Simon to others. Give me the courage to bear their load where I can. Give me the love to see you in them.

 

I love Thee, Jesus; my love above all things;
I repent with my whole heart of having offended Thee.
Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again.
Grant that I may love Thee always,
and then do with me what Thou wilt.

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