The Fifth Station: Simon Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross, you have saved the world.
The soldiers notice Jesus is too exhausted to go on, so they force a man named Simon to help Jesus carry his cross.
Jesus, at last someone is ordered to help you. He does so reluctantly, no doubt fearing the ridicule of the crowd. Isn’t it ironic, that you have disciples numbering in the thousands, yet you must walk your last journey alone, with only a stranger to assist you.
Oh, Jesus, help me to always be willing to help others who are in need. I do not want to be selfish; help me to show love and compassion to everyone.