On Fridays in Lent this year we offer a refection on one of our stations of the cross by a person connected with St Chrysostom’s.
The Fifth Station: Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene
We adore you O Christ and we bless you
Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world
Simon had come in from the country, or from overseas to keep Passover. He probably knew little or nothing about Jesus, and assumed he was a condemned criminal paying the price of his misdeeds. He had no choice when he was press ganged into helping with the cross. Perhaps Jesus looked at him, and showed his gratitude, so that Simon, looking back saw only goodness in those eyes and could say “I will do it for you.”
Jesus give us the humility to do, without grumbling, the humiliating tasks that may come our way, and the awareness to recognise you in those we may be serving, and to serve with joy.
(This reflection was written by Sister Jean Mary CHN)