Bullying and Simon of Cyrene of the Bible: The Connection?
What does Simon of Cyrene, the person who helped Jesus carry the cross, have to do with bullying? The Bible tells us very little about Simon. What is known is that he was from Cyrene and was traveling to Jerusalem. Maybe it was for business or maybe it was to see the crucifixion. We can only speculate.
Simon was but a bystander until he was suddenly pressed into service by the Centurion to help Jesus carry the cross. Jesus was in deep agony with very little strength left to complete the journey to Golgotha, the site for the crucifixion. As Jesus goes by in his exhausted state—being bullied by the crowd—Simon steps in to help.
I visualize Jesus looking into the eyes of Simon. A message of gratitude is conveyed with love. Simon took up the cross to help a fellow human in need. This had to affect Simon, as he took up the cross. It was a moment that he probably cherished for the rest of his life.
Have there been moments in your life when you were part of a crowd and saw someone being bullied? Have you stepped forward to help that person figuratively carry their cross regardless of the consequences that could follow? Yes there is a connection. We should be like Simon and help when we see a person in dire need. And like Jesus, the person, a stranger you help, will look into your eyes and convey a sincere and loving thank you. And like Simon, you will probably cherish the moment for the rest of your life.