Simon of Cyrene

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Station 5 — Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross, by Joan Chittister

March 18, 2017

From: The Way of the Cross The Experience The fifth station confronts a rigidly stratified world with the great crossover moments of life.  What are we supposed to do when we find ourselves face to face with something no one wants to get involved in but what we also know must be done?  It’s more common a problem than we like to think. You and I, for instance, come to realize that two children in our block are living with their homeless mother in a car.  What do we do: Forget about it and hope some agency will come along and deal with the problem?  Call the police?  Find a tiny efficiency apartment and pay the rent for a year?  Join an organization that concentrates on finding shelter for homeless people?  Obviously it [...]

WAY OF THE CROSS: Carrying The Cross With Simon Of Cyrene, by Richard Grebenc

August 22, 2016

From Homiletic and Pastoral Review We can be sure that Jesus was grateful to Simon for providing some relief during the Passion, but also for helping him reach his goal of redeeming humanity by his suffering and death.  He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”(Mark 8:34) They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. (Mark 15:21) “Carrying our cross” is a quite familiar concept to Christians.  We tend to associate this notion with physical ailments or challenges, difficulties in prayer, mental illness, emotional [...]

PRAYER: Simon Of Cyrene, Cross-Bearer

August 22, 2016

From Society of Archbishop Justus As Jesus was carrying his cross out of Jerusalem to the place of execution, a man named Simon of Cyrene was coming in, and the soldiers compelled him to carry the cross of Jesus. (The word Angareuo (Greek Gamma Gamma corresponds to English Ng as in “finger”), here used for “compel,” is a technical one, perhaps better translated “impress,” and referring to the legal right of a soldier to require a provincial to carry his gear one mile for him.) Mark calls him “the father of Alexander and Rufus” without further explanation, apparently taking it for granted that his readers would all know who Rufus and Alexander are. The Christian writer Papias (died around [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fifth Station — The Cross Is Laid On Simon Of Cyrene, by Evelyn Underhill

March 19, 2014

From The Path of Eternal Wisdom, written under the pseudonym, John Cordelier Humanity’s First Opportunity – Active Cooperation If we – as one of the penalties inseparable from human devotion to great causes – feel as we rise higher a growing desire to disallow our kinship with the ordinary and unspiritual: what, then, must it have been for Perfect Strength and Perfect Liberty, self-limited to the point at which he became tempted in all things as we are, to find that his very mission of redemption could not be performed with the help of other men? The Incarnate God alone could not carry the cross.  He must have man – mere normal male energy – to help him on his way.  The solidarity of mankind – more, of all life – the [...]