Simon of Cyrene was forced to help our exhausted Savior carry His Cross. How pleased would Jesus have been, had Simon offered his services of his own accord. However, Simon was not invited by Christ as you are. He says: “Take up your cross and follow Me.” Nevertheless you recoil, and carry it grudgingly.Where there is darkness,
from the world of sin we live,
let me bring your light of truth,
and love, and help you as Simon did
to carry your cross.
My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits of thy sacred wounds.