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The Cross: Lenten Devotions

Thursday, April 7

Cross and cupola We continue following the story of Jesus’ final hours, as recorded in the Gospel of Mark, with Mark 15:21-24 (NRSV).

They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.

Are there words or phrases that impact you in this passage?

“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” This well-known hymn asks a provocative question and one that is relevant today.

Like Simon of Cyrene, have you encountered people on the painful walk to Calvary?

What cross did they bear along the way—hunger, poverty, illness, or something they could not share?

Would you step in to take up their cross with a helping hand, a voice of witness, or an open heart?

Marco Grimaldo is Mid-Atlantic and Central Southern regional organizer with Bread for the World.

Photo credit: gwilmore



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