JRS serves refugees and displaced people in Puerto Pina, Panama. (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.
Very early, just after sunrise, on the first day of the week they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”
When they looked, they found that the stone had been rolled back. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting at the right, dressed in a white robe. This frightened them thoroughly, but he reassured them:
"Do not be amazed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, the one who was crucified. He has been raised up; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. Go now and tell his disciples." (Mark 16:2-6)
Miriam Wairimu, formerly of JRS Kenya stated:
"Our love for refugees cannot be separated from our concern for justice. Love implies a concrete and absolute demand for justice, that is, recognition of the dignity and rights of one’s neighbor."
At times, this may seem a daunting task, and yet, as we have seen even when all hope is lost, no stone is too great for God to overturn. But, we cannot do it alone.
In the words of Fr. Pedro Arrupe,
"Pray. Pray Much. Problems such as these are not solved by human efforts."
All: Our Father.