It is interesting that we are told so much about Simon – that he had come in from the country and that he had two sons. He was a family man and had probably come in to Jerusalem for business so carrying the cross for this ‘criminal’ was not likely to have been on his travel itinerary. He had responsibilities at home and in town; things to do, places to be. Read on:https://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/
7 Apr 2017
They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
When Jesus invites us to die to ourselves, He is not referring to some pious act of self-sacrifice which will make us look or feel holy....