Logo

 

Banner Image:   Baptist-Times-banner-2000x370-
Template Mode:   Baptist Times
Icon
    Post     Tweet

Conversations - Simon of Cyrene 

Today begins a series of reflections in which Baptist minister John Rackley seeks to describe a possible response of some of the people who were intimately involved in the 24 hours before the death of Jesus. Each reflection is accompanied by suggestions for scripture reading and prayer.

John first performed them as part of the Good Friday Service at Bath Abbey. Some have already been featured on John's blog; today and each day next week - beginning Monday 30 March - a new reflection will be published both in the blog and The Baptist Times. 

 

Simon of Cyrene: Mark 15:20-32

My family told me they could see something had happened.
All they needed to do was look at my face.
The boys told me later in life they were terrified.
I looked like I had stared into the pit of hell.
 

Titian - Christ Carrying the C
Titian: Christ Carrying the Cross - Wikimedia Commons


It wasn’t what they were expecting.
My wife had been preparing for the Sabbath.
She had expected me home early.
This was going to be a special time,
more special than usual;
we were not only back in Israel from years of exile,
but celebrating a Sabbath in Passover
and what’s more
within sight and sound of the sacrifices
of Passover.
 
This was going to be a wonderful celebration
of all that God meant to our Faith.
 
But because I was made to carry a cross
I was fit for nothing.
 
When my wife is worried she gets angry.
The questions follow.
Who made you do that?
The Romans – of course, occupation gives them every right
And us none at all.
Whose cross was it?
Jesus – another fake king.
Did no one help you?
Women? What women?
There’s always women when one of those miracle-men are around.
 
Then she started fussing.
She could see I was not ready to answer sensibly.
 
I heard he died quickly.
Good.
When you are crucified you have nothing left to give but your life.
 
Alexander and Rufus found out more.
They met some of his friends.
The rumours of a return from death.
The official denials.
 
It’s beyond me.
But if you want to know what it means to carry a cross at Passover, then I can tell you.
You are nobody.
You are wasted.
You are everyone’s sacrifice.
You are beyond the touch of God.
You are good for nothing but to be forgotten.
 

Prayer
 
Lord Jesus Christ – helped by a stranger from Africa-
Pour your grace on all
who have no one to turn to
who are everyone’s victim
who give the hospitality of the stranger 
Forgive the people who bear your name when they overlook the victims of their faith
And by your compassion transform us all. 


 

John Rackley is a Baptist minister who blogs at windingquest.wordpress.com

Further conversations can be found on his blog

 

Baptist Times, 27/03/2015
    Post     Tweet
With congregational singing not allowed for the foreseeable future, Colin Sedgwick has a suggestion that could lead to a deeper understanding of our psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
The virtual world can be a lifeline for those who would otherwise be excluded, writes Karen Golder, as she urges churches not to shut down their online presence at the end of this time
We are used to encouraging people to write their will. There is an even stronger case for getting them to write their eulogy
coronaresource
Telling 100 inspirational stories of Baptists embracing adventure in the mission of God - Simon Goddard introduces the new Missional Adventure portal on our website
missionaladventure
With churches experiencing increases in online attendances during the pandemic, there has been talk of a new move of the Spirit. I'm not convinced, writes Michael Shaw - but here's the revival I'd like to see
Now is exactly the time to pause before leaping back in, writes Ruth Rice. Can the Church be the prophetic people of wellbeing?
coronaresource
     The Baptist Times 
    Posted: 29/07/2020
    Posted: 23/07/2020
    Posted: 02/07/2020
    Posted: 22/06/2020
    Posted: 12/06/2020
    Posted: 11/06/2020
    Posted: 02/06/2020
    Posted: 02/06/2020
    Posted: 21/05/2020
    Posted: 16/05/2020
    Posted: 13/05/2020
    Posted: 06/05/2020
    Posted: 25/04/2020
    Posted: 20/04/2020
    Posted: 16/04/2020
    Posted: 13/04/2020
    Posted: 10/04/2020
    Posted: 09/04/2020
    Posted: 08/04/2020
    Posted: 03/04/2020