The Bible tells us the name of the man who helped Jesus to carry the cross. It even tells us where he was from and who his children were! Why do you think that is? The only way that this could have been known to Mark, the writer of this gospel, is if Simon had made it known afterwards. He must have been part of the story after the crucifixion. I wonder whether he had heard of Jesus before this encounter in the streets of Jerusalem? In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he mentions a Rufus, could this be the same Rufus? Can you imagine Simon telling his story to his children and it having so much of an impact on all of them that they are named individually in the gospels?
Lord Jesus, you were worn down by fatigue:
be with those from whom life drains all energy.
You needed the help of a passing stranger:
give us the humility to receive aid from others.