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Station V:  The Cross Is Laid on Simon of Cyrene
(from The Stations of the Cross series)

Oil on canvas

As Episcopalians, we are challenged by our Baptismal Covenant to "seek and serve Christ in all persons," and to "respect the dignity of every human being." (Book of Common Prayer p. 305)  It is one thing to seek and serve our Lord Christ in the faces of those around us, but another thing entirely to seek and serve Jesus our Brother. 

Do I serve my Lord only out of a sense of duty, or do I actively engage my neighbors open-heartedly, leading from a place of love? Jesus told us to take up our crosses and follow Him, but am I too concerned with my own cross to notice the heavy burdens shouldered by others? Simon of Cyrene was given the task of carrying Jesus' cross for Him when fatigue and pain had stopped our Lord in his tracks. Do I see the suffering of Jesus my Brother in the lives of those who are struggling and downtrodden right in front of me? Am I ready to help to bear their crosses for His sake?




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