Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Simon of Cyrene
And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. (Luke 23:26)
As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross. (Matthew 27:32)
And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. (Mark 15:21)
Have you ever really contemplated the experience of St. Simon of Cyrene? Remember Christ's words: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Simon not only took up his cross but the cross of Christ. Imagine that!! It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about what Simon must have been feeling. I posted the Ray Boltz song "Thank You" a little while ago and the only song that might compare with it in beauty and emotion is his song "Watch the Lamb." It is especially moving to watch during Holy Week. Enjoy.