Simon helps Jesus
This dark-skinned man from distant Africa is pressed into service. He is a farmer, coming from his fields to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. By helping the weakening Jesus, he found the beginning of faith: for his sons Alexander and Rufus were to become known to the early Church.
in opening our eyes to our suffering neighbour,
you come to us yourself.
Help us to see the face of the other
who will be without help
unless we have time,
unless we reach out,
and make room for those we so easily overlook