When Jesus seemed to lack the strength to continue on, it was Simon who stepped forward to help carry the cross. Perhaps he was compelled by the Roman soldiers to come forward, but nonetheless it was he who stood next to Jesus to help lighten the load. It was his actions that helped Jesus carry on and fulfill God’s will.
Stewardship sometimes dictates that we step forward to offer help. Stewardship also calls us to accept the help of others. Meaningful and important goals cannot always be reached by using our gifts alone. Jesus did not object to Simon’s help. He needed Simon to help complete the journey.
How many times have we dismissed a Simon because of our pride or arrogance? How many times have we chosen our own interests over the best interests of the body of Christ? We must never forget that we are called into a community that together represents Jesus Christ to the world. It is only by using all our gifts together that God’s will can be done.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Give me the strength and courage to be like Simon,
and the wisdom and humility
to accept the help of others in my life.
Give me a gracious heart that welcomes and acknowledges
the gifts and talents of others.
Lead me continually to your Church
where I can give freely of myself for your glory.
Be the face of Jesus today. Say something encouraging to a parent who’s struggling with rambunctious kids at Mass.