Way of the Cross: Station 5

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his Cross

This station shows the power of another’s presence in the life of the poor and oppressed.

Being where suffering is, standing with those whom society condemns is a great and gracious witness, whether by choice or necessity.

For Reflection: What am I being asked to do for someone in need which I (and others) would rather avoid?

When we open our hearts to the other in need, we are likely to discover that our own hidden needs are healed in the process.

Prayer: Jesus, when I fail to recognize the needs of those around me, send them into my life so that my own soul can discover the wholeness that a generous love brings.