Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross

Today I reach the fifth station on the way of the cross.

V. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross

That was not the holiday I came for.
“Next year in Jerusalem” I had prayed
for many a year, intending a tour
very different from the one I made.

I found myself lost in front of a mob,
a stranger dragooned as locals stepped back,
forced shamefully forward into a job
no man should have to do. The kind of pack

labour a slave should do, made to carry
a cross for battered back and bloodied limb
too weak for its weight. So unwillingly
I took up the cross, and walked after him.

I once thought it shame, now call it glory,
my name is ever part of his story.

Previously in this series

I. Jesus is condemned to death (Pilate’s story)
II. Jesus takes up his cross (The centurion’s lot, part 1)
III. Jesus falls for the first time (The centurion’s lot, part 2).
IV. Jesus meets his mother – Mary’s misery

By Doug

2 thought on “Simon of Cyrene’s story”
  1. Really enjoying this series of sonnets. A very creative response to the stations of the cross…

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