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Mary cleans fish in Liberia with drying laundry hanging above her.

The soldiers took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic…

John 19:23-24

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Jesus has nothing left. Arriving at his place of execution, even his clothes are taken from him. He holds nothing back. 

Around the world, people who are poor or marginalised continue to be stripped of what is theirs. The climate crisis wipes away homes, crops and lives. Conflict strips away peace and the chance to learn and live freely. Too many people are prevented from the opportunities that they need to flourish.

Pope Francis urges us to “refuse to turn a blind eye to the tragedy of rampant poverty that prevents millions of men, women, young people and children from living in a manner worthy of our human dignity.”

Hearing these words, how am I challenged? What am I being called to do for those who have been stripped of so much?

Prayer

Jesus, you sacrificed everything and endured mockery for our sake.
Walk with us.
When we value possessions more than people,
or look down on someone who is different or has less,
show us your face in theirs.

Amen.

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