Jesus Carries The Cross

Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii

Lent Reflection – Part 5 of 6

BY: Mr. Mark Connolly, OP

It is tempting here to focus on The Stations of the Cross – it seems natural to do so given that Jesus carrying the cross takes up stations 2 through 9. But, as I keep asking, what is the mystery here? It was common for the condemned to carry at least the cross beam as one more humiliation to endure – carrying the implement by which you will be slowly tortured to death to the site of the execution.

Jesus was neither the first nor the last human to suffer this ignominy.

You may be surprised to learn that only in the Gospel of John are we specifically told that Jesus carried his own cross. Again, the descriptions are brief.

As they were marching out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they…

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