Thursday, March 16, 2017


THE FIFTH STATION: Simon Helps Jesus Carry the Cross

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country … to carry his cross.

—Mark 15:21

Even Jesus needed help, and he wasn’t too proud to accept it.

Human beings are social beings: We are called to live in community. By being together, by helping one another, we become the best versions of ourselves. We build a better planet. We bring about the reign of God.

It’s exciting to recognize God’s plan in our lives, to realize how we can use our gifts to serve others. But let us never forget that we, too, are, in our own ways, in need—and often those we serve end up serving us. Let us never be too proud to accept what others give. Let us remind ourselves that there is much to be learned from each person we encounter.

In the town of Ejido Hidalgo, Mexico, Maria and her community lean on one another for support and comfort amidst hardship. Though many of their family members have left town looking for a better life, these women have each other to share their joys and sorrows. They give and receive what they have for the common good—and in doing so find sustenance.

Perhaps our prayer should be one of humility: both to give and receive help, free of pride, for we never know where God might be at work.