Reflection on The Fifth Station: Simon the Cyrene helps Jesus carry His Cross.
Who can understand the humility of God who holds power over the whole universe and yet enlists the help of a Simon to help Him carry His Cross. Richard Garnaut says:
I imagine Simon was reluctant to take part in your shame. He had no idea at all (that those)who watched and jeered at him would pass into oblivion, while his name would go down in history and eternity as the one who helped his God in need.
Is it not so with me, dear Jesus? Even when I carry my cross reluctantly as Simon did it benefits my soul. If I keep my eyes on you and watch how you suffered, I will be able to bear my cross with greater fortitude.
You bore the Cross and looked on it and held it fondly before you passed it on to me. You watch me and give me strength just as you did Simon. When I enter your kingdom, I shall know just as Simon knows, what marvels your Cross has wrought in my soul.