FIFTH STATION – SIMON HELPS JESUS TO CARRY HIS CROSS
NARRATOR 1. HELP OTHERS TO CARRY THEIR CROSSES. “Jesus we honour you.” Response “Thank you Lord Jesus for all you have done for us.” Do I ever stop to help strangers, maybe someone who is lost or is asking for food? Would I help someone if my friends were watching, or would I be too ashamed if they saw me? Do I only help when I am forced to?
NARRATOR 2. Simon didn’t want to help Jesus at first. The soldiers realized that Jesus was too weak to go on, so they just picked someone who happened to be passing by. Jesus was a total stranger and after his beating he looked a mess. Simon must have been ashamed to be seen with a criminal.
LEADER: PRA.Y Jesus, you have said that whenever I help someone in need I help you. Show me yourself in other people, especially the old, the poor and the sick. Pope Francis: Everything in life begins with an encounter. The gaze of Jesus transformed those he encountered.