Easter has been and gone for another year, and a lot of people probably say it but I really didn’t feel ready for Easter this year. Each year it feels like Easter is happening faster and faster, and I’m putting less focus and importance on it as the years go by.
Now for me personally, the last few years I’ve been growing and moving closer to becoming an ‘adult’. Recently I’ve been more focused on starting my career so you could argue that I’ve been busier and more stressed to take time out for Easter. However, I feel like no matter what my, or your, situation might be, there will always be an excuse or things going on that will take our time and precedence over Easter and the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Thinking about how fast Easter has been normally happens for me on the Tuesday after Easter and it is always the same thought process of, “Well that was over quick” and “Next year I’ll make sure I prepare and commit to Easter not only physically but spiritually as well”. But alas, the next year I’m saying the same things and asking the same questions. So this year again, I find myself saying these same things, but with a slight difference, an awareness to make a change in action, not just words. A change to live out the values and gifts from Easter throughout everyday life, rather than just 4 days a year.
Each Good Friday I go to Stations of the Cross with my family, afterwards we watch the film, The Passion and then head off to the 3pm mass after; it’s become a bit of a tradition and routine. During these three things each year, I find myself experiencing similar emotions and relations in my own life, with many of the different people in the passion of Jesus. This year was no different except for one thing. I realised I’ve never really given much thought to Simon of Cyrene, I mean he’s always been important, but I’ve never really related or given it much thought.
As I focussed on Simon throughout the Passion, the longer I kept doing it, the more I related to and admired him. Here was an average person doing nothing out of the ordinary, who helps a man he’s never met in a not only difficult, but most likely scary, dishonourable and shameful task as well. It made me think that although we might not be exposed to such intense or drastic experiences, we have these types of opportunities in everyday life to help carry the crosses of others.
It shows us that no matter how embarrassed we might become or how inconvenient something might be, we should always strive to do what is right and help or stand up for injustice we see in the world, big or small. We must always strive do the right thing no matter how hard or scary it seems. Simply put, we must help people carry their crosses, even when they fall, we should not give up on them because there is sure to be a lot of people who are helping us carry ours.