We carry the saving cross through the roads of the world.
Through the alleys of poverty and misery.
Marching to a dawning day to freedom and victory,
To God’s life and endless glory.
We adore You, O Christ, and bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. (Matthew. 27:27-31)
Jesus bore the Cross of the world’s greed and thirst for power. Through the cross, he showed a selfish and uncaring world how to accept the pain and suffering for the good of others. In Zimbabwe, many people continue to bear crosses imposed on them by an unmerciful world. Cash Crisis results in long winding queues at banks, food prices keep rising, many hospitals have no essential medicines and specialist staff, roads are neither serviced nor repaired, water supply and electricity is hardly available. Unlike Jesus, we are not concerned to carry the cross for others. No one wants to carry the trouble of the neighbour.
Dear Jesus, out of Love you carried the cross for us. We commend to you all the suffering Citizens of Zimbabwe, the many economic refugees who are living away from home, those unjustly imprisoned for a crime they did not commit, the sick who are in Hospitals without proper care and the hungry who are going without food every day. Help us to be like you, to be able to carry each other’s troubles, to stand by their suffering and to give a voice to the voiceless. Amen
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…
Adapted. Original text by Felix Mukaro