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Luke 23: 27-31

The Crucifixion

(Psalm 69:1-36; Matthew 27:32-44; Mark 15:21-32; John 19:16-27)

27 And there followed him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented him.

28 But Jesus turning to them, said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

29 For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck.

30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us.

31 For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?

“Ecce Homo – Behold the Man” was Pilate’s cry to Jesus’ accusers. Unmoved by pity at His now-mutilated Body, they demanded that He be crucified. And so Jesus, sentenced to that ignominious death, was forced to carry His cross to the place where they would finally execute Him.
The heavy beam upon His shredded back would have been a source of intense agony. The pain and blood loss were almost too much for Him to bear, so much so that He fell three times on the way to Golgotha.
Not wanting Him to die before His execution, the Roman soldiers commanded a man called Simon, from the region of Cyrene, to carry the cross for Jesus. Little did Simon know that, in this way, he was playing a part in the redemption of the world. 
To this day, Our Lord desires that we be His co-workers in the work of redemption by calling us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him (Matt 16:24). Whatever suffering we bear as Christians, we must bear it united to Our Lord – remembering always that our suffering has redemptive value.
Moreover, as we carry the cross with Christ, we can be assured that it will change us. Simon of Cyrene had come to Jerusalem as a pilgrim unaware of who Jesus was. But after he carried Jesus’ cross, he was changed and forever united with Him. He became a man who taught his own children the Way of Christ so that they themselves became recognized as eminent Christians in the Church in Rome (see Mk 15:21; Rom 16:13). This should be the desire of every Christian parent – that their children grow up loving and serving the Lord with everything that they are. And a sure way to do this is by teaching them the Most Holy Rosary, because as we take our children to Mary, she will unfailingly point them to Jesus.
Our Father......

1.  When they had finished making a fool of him, they stripped Jesus of the cloak, dressed him in his own 
clothes, and led him off to crucifixion.  (Mt. 27: 31)  - 
Hail Mary...

2.  On their way out they met a Cyrenian named Simon.  This man they pressed into service to carry the cross.  
(Mt. 27: 32) - 
Hail Mary...

3.  A great crowd of people followed him, including women who beat their breasts and lamented over him.
(Lk. 23: 27)  - 
Hail Mary...

4.  Jesus turned to them and said:  "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me.  Weep for yourselves and for 
your children."  (Lk. 23: 28)  - Hail Mary...

5.  Two others who were criminals were led along with him to be crucified.  (Lk. 23: 32)  - 
Hail Mary...

6.  Upon arriving at the site called Golgotha, (a name which means Skull Place), they gave him a drink of wine 
flavored with gall, which he tasted but refused to drink.  (Mt. 27: 33-34)  -
 Hail Mary...

7.  When they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among them by casting lots;  then they sat down there 
and kept watch over him.  (Mt. 27: 35-36)  -
 Hail Mary...

8.  "Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self."  (Lk. 9: 23)  - Hail Mary...

9.  "He must take up his cross every day and follow in my steps."  (Lk. 9: 23)  - Hail Mary...

10. "Whoever would save his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for my sake, will save it."  (Lk. 9: 24)
Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
 In our churches, we mark fourteen stations in sequence along the way of the cross. Each station has its own particular story, with specific people who were destined from all eternity to encounter Christ along that dusty road, in the midst of the confusion, noise, and heat of a Jerusalem day. Mary, Veronica, Simon, the Roman soldiers, the rubberneckers among the crowds… they were all given a privileged glimpse into the Savior’s great work of redemption. Some saw nothing more than a surface appearance: here was just another unfortunate criminal getting what he deserved. But some, like Simon of Cyrene, grew into a deeper understanding of this man because they were enlisted to walk beside him and help him. This story plays itself out in our times too. Christ lives in other people, and different versions of the fourteen stations unfold in the lives of the people around us—even in our own lives. At times, we have the experience of observing from the outside, making a snap judgment, and moving on – like the indifferent observers in the crowds who had other, more important things to do that day. But sometimes life brings us closer to a suffering person because we are asked to listen and help. And only when we listen do we find a new sympathy and understanding growing in our own hearts. Today’s Simons of Cyrene are the people who stop to listen. In this mystery, we can ask for the grace not to miss the chance to help the Christ “in disguise” who is walking his fourteen stations right by our door or on the other end of the phone.
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