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Mark 15: 21

Then they led Jesus out to crucify him. They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, to [help Jesus] carry his cross.

Dismas Reflection:

I knew that cross would be too heavy for Jesus especially after the beating he took at the hands of the guards.

The soldiers and the people kept  mocking and laughing at him.  Why did they hate this guy so much?  As we were walking through the market Jesus kept falling to his knees.  Finally they got this guy to help him, he looked strong enough.

Now I am an “old school guy”  but Jesus taught me another thing by accepting help from this guy – asking for and accepting help is not something I am very good at- I thought it was a sign of weakness- You see I am too proud to ask for a help even though I know I need it.

Jesus simply thanked the stranger and got back on his feet and continued the journey.

Reflection Question:

Jesus, can you assist me to be strong enough to ask for help when I need it and to offer it to others when I am able.

With St. Dismas we pray:

Dear God, grant me a willing spirit that is not to proud to ask for help when I need it and to offer help to others when I am able.

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2 Responses to “Accepting Help & Helping Others:Station 8-Jesus is Helped by Simon to Carry the Cross”

  1. Rufaro Shambare says:

    For the first time I have enjoyed meditating on the stations of the cross. The Dismas reflections helped me to realize that the Passion is not about Jesus condemning me, when I see him as my friend who has compassion even as he is being tortured and suffering for my sins, this can be a great time of intimacy as he explains his way of thinking to me. When I see him forgiving others, I feel I can trust him and accept his forgiveness of my sins

    Thank you Deacon Mike for these reflections

  2. deaconmike says:


    Thank you for your beautiful comment. I know what you mean about seeing the story in a new light after spending some time with these reflections. God Bless Deacon Mike