100% Guarenteed Weight Loss Plan! … Tuesday, February 5

Jesus helped by Simon of Cyrene, part of a ser...

Jesus helped by Simon of Cyrene. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery, the Carrying of the Cross. “For I am meek and humble of heart.” Matthew 11:29. To be meek, to be humble, are necessary strengths for cross carrying. Simon of Cyrene is one example. I’ve often wondered just how willing he was. After all, it was a Roman soldier that pressed Simon into service, that took him from the crowd of onlookers and put him to work, helping Jesus carry His cross. Was Simon meek and humble? Under these circumstances, and it doesn’t matter at this point whether he was willing or not, of course he was. To be meek and humble in the face of Roman tyranny was a necessity of life, or it was if you meant to keep on living. But we’ll think better of Simon (we have no reason not to) and consider that he was willing to help. He took pity on another human being and helped them carry their cross. When we think of carrying our cross we think of the weight, the difficulty, and the help we hope and trust God will send. Often as not the help comes in the person of a Simon, sometimes willing and at other times not. But the help comes one way or another. The burden of the cross of Christ was no doubt lighter for Simon if he was willing. If we’re willing it will make ours lighter too. Want to know how to make your own cross as light as a feather, so light you’ll forget its even there? BE a Simon. Help someone else. It will lighten their load and help you forget all about your own.

Today … St. Philip of Jesus was a Franciscan martyr in Japan. A Spaniard born in Mexico City, he entered the Franciscans at Puebla but then departed the order in 1589 to journey to the Philippines as a trader. In 1590, he repented and returned to the Franciscan fold. His superiors commanded him to sail back to Mexico to be ordained a priest and, while on the way, his ship was caught in a storm and driven into the waters of Japan. Landing in 1596, he was soon arrested and, with St. Peter Baptist, was put to death by crucifixion at Nagasaki. He was canonized in 1862. Storms, falling away, repentance, poverty by choice, martyrdom. Talk about crosses! In coming back to the Franciscan Order he even PURSUED a cross. Think he ever needed help? Think he ever gave it?

Marching Orders … “Bear ye one another’s burdens; and so you shall fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2. Love one another, as He has loved us.

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