Father Pedro Arrupe, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, founded Jesuit Refugee Service in 1980. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
All: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Then Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself, he went out to what is called Golgotha, the Place of the Skull. (John 19:16-17)
Jesus bore the ultimate cross for us. We are asked to bear crosses in our everyday lives for others. Let us look to Fr. Pedro Arrupe S.J., who was so "struck and shocked by the plight" of the Vietnamese Boat people in the wake of the Vietnam War that he was moved to found Jesuit Refugee Service. Fr. Arrupe allowed himself to be moved by the suffering of others, and took up the challenge — however burdensome — of helping others.
He did not turn away. By whose suffering have we been struck? By what injustice have we been shocked? Will we choose to take up the challenges of our times?
Lord, may we be "struck and shocked by the plight" of our brothers and sisters worldwide and follow in the steps of Fr. Arrupe as we humbly bear the cross that awareness brings.
All: Our Father.