Las Esmeraldas, Ecuador. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
All: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit;" and when he had said this he breathed his last. (Luke 23:34, 44-46)
Fr. Tony Calleja S.J., a former JRS Regional Director, reflects:
"We must never forget that the life of refugees is really violent. All the same, faced with their suffering, we refuse to believe in irreversible misfortune. We want to respond to the strong hope that lies in the depth of the hearts of the refugees. In the millions, they teach us how to cope with daily adversity. And inspired by our faith, we are prompted to reaffirm life with our actions, particularly when it is under threat.
"In a world that so easily rejects and would like to forget refugees altogether, we are committed to seeking, together with them, justice and the defense of their rights, to tackle the abuses they are subjected to, and the destruction of the very fabric of their lives.
"We firmly believe that one day they will be transformed into agents of reconciliation for their people. The refugees need people who are bearers of hope. They deserve our most dedicated efforts."
All: Our Father.