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Despite our fear we will help
carry the cross willingly. 

Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross

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We adore you O Christ and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world. 

No matter how hard they beat my Lord, he is too weak to go on without help. The soldiers reach into the crowd and grab a man to help Jesus. The stranger’s face is full of fear, as if just by being near Jesus he will be accused of being his accomplice. Yet, as he looks at the face of Christ, his fear vanishes and willingly he helps shoulder the burden, so that my Lord may continue on.

We know Simon’s fear. In school, at the workplace, among friends the questions are asked 

– why do you believe? 

– do you really think Christ is the answer? 

– are you going to follow your faith or do what everyone else is doing?

– Make a choice! 

Risking ridicule, loss of friends and even our job, we must walk forward and let the crowd and soldiers see. Despite our fear we will help carry the cross willingly. 

For the Light shines in the darkness.

Death shall have no victory. 

Jesus remember me.

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