Randall Smith on the moral of the story of Simon of Cyrene: even Jesus had help bearing His cross. We must seek the love and fidelity of God and of others.
When we say the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, we move immediately from “Jesus Carries the Cross” to the Crucifixion. When we do the Stations of the Cross, however, there are several intermediate stages, one of which is “Simon of Cyrene Bears Jesus’ Cross.” We find the story about Simon and the cross in all three Synoptic Gospels — Matthew, Mark, and Luke — but it is absent from John’s Gospel. Why?
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