Jesus learns the obedience of love along the path of his suffering
V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
From the Gospel according to Luke 23:26
And as they led Jesus away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
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Simon of Cyrene is a man portrayed by the Evangelists with precise details regarding his name and background, his family and work. His is the photograph of a man caught at a certain time and place, in some way forced to carry a cross not his own. Yet Simon of Cyrene is really each of us. He accepts the burden of the cross of Jesus, just as we ourselves received the sign of the cross at Holy Baptism.
The life of a disciple of Jesus consists in just such obedience to the sign of the cross, in a disposition ever more marked by the freedom of love and mirroring the obedience of the Master. It is a complete surrender to learning, like him, the geometry of love, according to the measure of the cross: the breadth of good works, the length of perseverance in trial, the height of the hope which trusts and fixes its gaze aloft, the depth of the grace that sinks it roots in gratuity”.
Jesus most humble,
Come, Spirit of Truth,
Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
Quis est homo qui non fleret,
 Cf. Eph 3:18.
 Cf. Letter 140, 26, 64.
 Cf. R. GUARDINI, The Spirit of the Liturgy. Sacred Signs.
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