As they led Jesus away, they grabbed Simon, a man from Cyrene, who was coming in from the countryside. They put the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus.
A huge crowd of people followed Jesus, including women, who were mourning and wailing for him.
Jesus turned to the women and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't cry for me. Rather, cry for yourselves and your children.29 The time will come when they will say, ‘Happy are those who are unable to become pregnant, the wombs that never gave birth, and the breasts that never nursed a child.'30 Then they will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,' and to the hills, ‘Cover us.'a31 If they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"