Reflection for Thursday 4 March 2021

Reading Mark 15:16-24


" They compelled a passerby, who was coming in from the country, to carry Jesus cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus"


“The road is long with many a winding turn

That leads us to who knows where?

Who knows where?

But I'm strong, strong enough to carry Him

He ain't heavy, he's my brother


So on we go, His welfare is my concern

No burden is He to bear, we'll get there

For I know He would not encumber me

He ain't heavy, He's my brother. (The Hollies)


Imagine the scene, Simon walking down the street, see Roman soldiers forcing a man, battered and bruised, bent over under the weight of a cross.

Simon knows the fate of the man............painful crucifixion.

Then, in a moment he finds himself caught up in something that is part of God’s plan for the salvation of the world.

Simon is spotted by the soldiers and is compelled to help the broken man, carry his cross.

God’s plan cannot be denied, Jesus closest followers may have deserted him, so God steps in and uses someone else.

A lesson for us to think about and to learn......................


Imagine yourself as Simon of Cyrene What are you thinking and feeling?

How does the experience of carrying Jesus cross change you?

Thinking about your own faith story, have there been times when you willingly took up the cross?

Times when it was compelling? Times when it was scary?





PRAYER

God of power and might, you work through us and often despite us.

We turn from the suffering of Jesus and the suffering of others.

We fear for our lives and act in self protective ways.

Forgive our unwillingness to lose our lives for Christ’s sake.

Make us willing servants of your will, and when we turn and run........by your grace, use us for your work anyway.

AMEN

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