Carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. John 19:17
From the moment we leave our mother’s womb, we are, effectively, alone in the world. No one else can feel our physical pain, no one can truly participate in our emotions. We ourselves bear the full weight of personal agony.
John’s Gospel tells us that Jesus set off to Calvary “carrying the Cross by himself”. He bore the great weight upon his weak and bloodied shoulders as he walked to face his death. Each step was an anticipation of his cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The road is long and those he may meet along the way seem a long way off – Simon of Cyrene to help bear the weight, Veronica to wipe his face, his mother.
Are there times like this in our own lives? What of the lives of all who are compelled to carry their cross and feel they must do so alone? Pray for them, pray for yourself as we take up our own cross and the cross of suffering humanity, following in the footsteps of our Lord.
God our father, you promise never to leave us or forsake us,
help us to bear our burdens, with courage, perseverance and hope.
When we feel alone help us to trust in your steadfast love,
manifest in Jesus Christ, our crucified and risen Lord. Amen
Revd Penny King, former Parish Assistant at St Chrysostom’s, Parish priest, St Nicholas, Newchurch.
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