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JRS Online Retreat: Day 20 – Jesus dies again in Soacha
Saturday, November 20, 2010


"More than ever I find myself in the hands of God. This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth. But now there is a difference; the initiative is entirely with God. It is indeed a profound spiritual experience to know and I feel myself so totally in God's hands."

As you begin your prayer today, remember that you are in God’s holy presence. Become aware of how God gazes on you all the time, how tenderly and powerfully God regards you. Ask God for what you want in prayer:

Ask the Father to help you to accompany Jesus in his suffering so that we may learn to grow in the ability to suffer with those in need.  





Reflections for Prayer

Fr. Alfredo Infante, S.J.
Regional Director
JRS Latin America and Caribbean

Shanghai, 27 November 2010 – María’s story: One afternoon I found myself visiting the home of Maria, a displaced Colombian woman living in Soacha, a crowded district in the south of Bogotá and a destination for thousands of displaced persons. Suddenly she looked at the clock and seemed apprehensive. It was five in the afternoon.

"Are you worried about something? Is everything alright?" I asked her respectfully while I was concerned at the troubled look on her face.

There was a short silence, then she raised her hands to her face and replied with distress, "Father, my son has not arrived home from school." In tears, she continued, "Over the last few days many young men in our neighborhood have disappeared."

A month later, the national press announced the success of a Colombian army operation which resulted in the death in combat of an important number of guerrillas. Later the truth emerged – these guerrillas were young men from the district of Soacha who had been seized by the armed forces, dressed as guerrillas and assassinated. In this way, the Colombian army demonstrated the effectiveness of its anti-subversive campaign, while the soldiers were promoted through the ranks and rewarded economically.

The sorrow of the mothers devastated by the unjust death of their sons, has inspired them with inner strength and motivated them to unite in solidarity and to struggle for the dignity and memory of their sons.

Jesus continues to suffer in the many young men and women who die unjustly today, and his death ignites the call of faith which mobilises many hearts to work for a more just life. María and her companions are witnesses to this mystery because, like Jesus dying, they put their lives in the hands of God, their strength in the struggle for life.


Address God as a friend speaks to a friend. 

Talk to God about your response, your own needs and your deepest desires.

End your prayer with the Our Father, the prayer Jesus taught us.



Suggested Reading for Prayer

John 19: 25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.  When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."  Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

Luke 2: 34-35

Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." 



Quote

"More than ever I find myself in the hands of God. This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth. But now there is a difference; the initiative is entirely with God. It is indeed a profound spiritual experience to know and I feel myself so totally in God's hands." ~ Pedro Arrupe, S.J., former Superior and founder of Jesuit Refugee Service