Friday, April 5, 2019

Stations of the Cross: Bearing, Helping, Weeping

Our next stations occur during Jesus’ walk from Pilate to Golgotha. I invite you to pay attention to some of the people Jesus encounters along the way, pictured in the modern art pieces below.

Luke 23:26-31
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. A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Simon of Cyrene modern icon by Gracie Morbitzer

Simon helps Jesus bear the cross, by Suzanne Ley

A modern Eastern Orthodox icon of Simon of Cyrene

Try as I might, I couldn’t find the names of the artists of these two paintings of the weeping women Jesus met and spoke to along the road: