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Comfort sells the fish her husband Lewis catches and helps others in her community whenever she can.

The soldiers compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

Luke 2:33-35

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

Simon of Cyrene comes into the city of Jerusalem on the day of Jesus’ death. He finds himself in the crowds along Jesus’ pathway to Golgotha and is enlisted to help carry his cross.He does not know Jesus but lends his strength to carrying the heavy weight of the wood.

Comfort lives in Liberia and sells the fish that her husband Lewis catches. When they were just starting out, Lewis’ aunt helped them through some challenging times, and now Comfort does her best to repay this kindness as well as support others in her community when they are struggling.

“I remember this now and I help her and my neighbours because of her kindness… It’s really important to share because there is sorrow in my heart if I see another person struggling and I don’t help.”

Do we look for opportunities to help others, or do we try to keep out of the way, telling ourselves that it is not our responsibility?

Prayer

Jesus, you know what it means to depend on someone and to need their help.
Walk with us.
When my friends need help, teach me to work with them to lighten their load.
Show me how to listen carefully so that I can offer what they need.
We are your global family of many different cultures and religions. 
Make us one family united in you.

Amen.

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