Fifth Station - The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene

As they led Jesus away, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

5. The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene—Donna Brough, ceramic sculpture
When asked to participate in the "Stations of the Cross" endeavor, I immediately chose to do Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus carry his cross. It was not until much later, after further contemplation that I figured out the "why" of that selection. Simon was chosen do be of assistance and accepted somewhat reluctantly but willingly. We do not know how he felt about this dubious honor but can only imagine. How often do we (I) get chosen to assist with a task and help out willingly but with some reluctance? We always seem to hold back slightly and not embrace the sheer joy that can come from accepting wholeheartedly the duties requested of us.

Simon was, perhaps, my lesson in doing God's work. I chose to do the piece in my favorite medium—clay. I teach ceramics as art therapy at the Cabrillo College Stroke Center.

Fifth Station - The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene