Journey into Freedom Day 44

Painting of Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus carry his cross

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask for sorrow and shame as I enter with Christ in his suffering for my sins. I ask that I can feel anguish and pain with Christ in anguish.

Setting: Today we read about the way of the cross and the crucifixion. Again, there are a lot of very different participants in the action. Enter into the story from the point of view of one of the people mentioned below... 

Mark 15:21-32 HCSB

They forced a man coming in from the country, who was passing by, to carry Jesus’ cross. He was Simon, a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus. And they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means Skull Place). They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it. Then they crucified Him and divided His clothes, casting lots for them to decide what each would get. Now it was nine in the morning when they crucified Him. The inscription of the charge written against Him was:


They crucified two criminals with Him, one on His right and one on His left. So the Scripture was fulfilled that says: “And He was counted among outlaws”. Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads, and saying, “Ha! The One who would demolish the sanctuary and build it in three days, save Yourself by coming down from the cross!” In the same way, the chief priests with the scribes were mocking Him to one another and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself! Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him were taunting Him.

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross

Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.

Thought for Today:

Jesus Christ, may your death be my life and in your dying may I learn how to live.

May your struggles be my rest,

Your human weakness my courage, Your embarrassment my honour,

Your passion my delight, Your sadness my joy,

in your humiliation may I be exalted.

In a word, may I find all my blessings in your trials.


St. Pierre Favre SJ