THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
4. The Carrying of the Cross
||Jesus shoulders His own
cross and carries it to the place of crucifixion while Mary
follows Him sorrowing.
(Luke 23:26- 32)
Let us meditate upon Jesus Christ on the way to Calvary laden with His cross. He falls
under the weight of this burden. To expiate sin, He wills to experience in His own flesh the
oppression of sin. Fearing that Jesus will not reach the place of crucifixion alive, the Roman soldiers
force Simon of Cyrene to help Christ to carry His cross, and Jesus accepts this assistance.
In this Simon represents all of us. As members of the Mystical Body of Christ, we should all
help Jesus to carry His Cross. This is the one sure sign that we belong to Christ—if we
carry our cross with Him.
But while Jesus carried His cross, He merited for us the strength to bear our trials with
generosity. He has placed in His cross a sweetness which makes ours bearable, for when
we carry our cross it is really His that we receive. For Christ unites with His own the
sufferings, sorrows, pains and burdens which we accept with love from His hand, and by this
union He gives them an inestimable value, and they become a source of great merit for us.
It is above all His love for His Father which impels Christ to accept the sufferings of His
Passion, but it is also the love which He bears us.