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Luke 23:26 As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.
Simon of Cyrene must have felt some of the same shock that we experienced. Having traveled to Jerusalem from North Africa to celebrate Passover, Simon is instead drawn into life-and-death events over which he has little control. Yet part of me envies Simon. Carrying Jesus’ cross is an honor—a brutal honor—but at least there is some tangible thing Simon can do in the face of disaster, some small comfort to offer.
And I think of the women—these silent witnesses, who stand at the foot of the cross and are present to Jesus. Sometimes all we can do is be present to suffering and bear witness.
MOVING FORWARD: Think of a time when you have been a silent witness. How did that experience change you?
Good Book Club Reading: Luke 23:26-43