Scripture references: Simon of Cyrene: Luke 23:26; Mark 15:20-21; Feeding the 5,000: John 6; Jesus in Africa: Matthew 2:13-21; Strangers doing our work: Mark 9:38-40.
Peter is helpless
There is nothing he can do, he cannot help Jesus.
I was there to help feed the five thousand, I caught fish for him, I used the boat to help him across the lake – it’s a long walk otherwise.
But this is the longest walk he will ever take and I can’t help him.
What’s that? They want Simon to carry his Cross? Let me through!
Oh, no! Not me! Some other Simon, nobody we know. A stranger is helping him, walking where I should be.
Lord, help us to see that many people are called to help you, to do your work.
We pray for all the people of Africa, the land where Simon came from; for Christians, Muslims and traditional worshippers; for peace among all the people of Africa.
Jesus, remember me, when you come into your Kingdom!
Lampedusa Cross, from an island between Italy and the coast of Cyrene, made from timbers of wrecked migrant boats.