We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Jesus falls a third and final time. He must surely now be completely drained, and yet he finds the strength to rise and continue on his path to Calvary.
“The sky was black,” says Tekon, a Liberian fisherman who was caught in a particularly bad storm. Even though he and his friends tied three boats together to stop them from drifting in the wind, they were carried a long way off. Everyone was panicking. They were afraid.
But Tekon had been given training in how to stay safe at sea and he had a GPS tracker on board. It took them almost 24 hours but all the fishermen made it home.
Sometimes we may feel overwhelmed by difficulties: illness, caring responsibilities, loneliness, anxiety, our own moments of weakness and failure. Sometimes the challenges facing us and our global family – hunger, climate change, poverty and injustice – can feel overwhelming, impossible to address.
Love gave Jesus the strength to stand again and continue onwards. We pray for ourselves, and for all those who need strength and courage, that in the face of so many struggles, Christ’s love will urge us on.
Jesus, you felt the darkness around you,
the crowds surrounded you.
You fell once more.
Walk with us.
When we lose hope, when everything is just too difficult,
show us how to reach out to each other and hold hands,
so that none of us have to do everything on our own.
Help us to know that you walk alongside us even when we feel most alone.