FOR SIMON by the sea and Levi at the tax booth, the call came from Jesus. For Simon of Cyrene, the call came under compulsion from soldiers. But in all these instances those calls resulted in bearing the cross of Jesus, figuratively or literally.
Simon of Cyrene was compelled to carry Jesus’ cross on that one day. Circumstances in our lives sometimes force us to take actions we would not have chosen and might prefer never having to face again. The question is: do we merely put up with such duress for the moment and then go on with our lives as if it never happened? Or do we open ourselves to ways in which those experiences—and our responses—change our course and perhaps those who come after us?
Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus
From page 30 of Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus by John Indermark. Copyright © 2008 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.
—Mark 15:20-21, NRSV
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