We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Under the weight of the cross, Jesus is once again brought to his knees. After this second fall, Jesus’ struggle to rise up again is much harder.
Many people in our communities are falling under the heavy weight of the cost-of-living crisis. People here at home and throughout the world do not have enough healthy food to eat, despite the fact that there is enough food in the world for everyone.
We think of all among us who are trying to hold onto hope in the daily struggle to get enough food, those who are striving to make ends meet in a system that is broken and which keeps people poor.
How can we live in solidarity with those who feel despondent or invisible?
Jesus, you stumbled and fell.
You lost strength and became tired.
And yet you carried on.
Walk with us.
When we find it hard to keep going,
give us the strength we need
to finish our work as well as we can
and show love to others.