Station 5 – The cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene

Texts

Romans 6:5-11 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will
also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. (Mark 15:21)

Reflection

Paul’s communities often struggled with the burdens of human limitations and sinfulness. His advice to them was simple and direct: help one another at all times and bear one another’s burdens. Simon of Cyrene was forced to help Jesus bear his cross (Luke 23:26). Paul advises that we volunteer to bear the cross, especially of our neighbors. In this act, we incarnate Jesus’ own advice to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 15: 12; 1 Thess 3:12).

Meditation from the preachers

From Revd. Pet May

Prayer

Lord, teach us to help one another in times of struggle. Curb our selfishness and broaden our outreach, especially to those most in need of your mercy. Amen.