5 TWO ARE ONE
Anyone who has fallen feels and knows he is being helped when someone turns up to assist and support him. Three of the gospels provide this feeling. A passer-by is forced to use his huge coarse hands to carry on the crossbeam: "They forced a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene who came from his field, father to Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross." Ted Felen does not leave it at that. He joins later traditions that have adapted this into the man helping Jesus to carry the cross. The man is not at Jesus' side but walks behind him. Together they put their shoulders under the crossbeam. Thus it also becomes Simon's crossbeam. At the same time this station represents what Jesus has ordered those who wish to follow him: "He no longer should take care of his own business, but should take up his cross and follow me". This is how these two are going the way of the cross. The arithmetical basis of all numbers (1 + 1 = 2) is no longer valid. One plus one together add up to much more than two and still remain one. Just look at the two faces. Simon is in Jesus' image. He is just not quite as worn out and tired for he has not yet been touched by pain and suffering. The branches of the crown of thorns have momentarily been reduced in number and weight in this station, the snares of death have been loosened for a moment.