Week Four - Christ Brings Love to all peoples
“I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”
Pope Francis: "It's hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help ... If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I'm a hypocrite."
we pray to you for all the men, women and children
who have died after leaving their homelands
in search of a better life.
Though many of their graves bear no name,
to you each one is known, loved and cherished.
May we never forget them
but honour their sacrifice with deeds more than words.
We entrust to you all those who have made this journey,
enduring fear, uncertainty and humiliation,
in order to reach a place of safety and hope.
Just as you never abandoned your Son
as he was brought to a safe place by Mary and Joseph,
so now be close to these, your sons and daughters,
through our tenderness and protection.
In caring for them may we seek a world
where none are forced to leave their home
and where all can live in freedom, dignity and peace.
Merciful God and Father of all,
wake us from the slumber of indifference,
open our eyes to their suffering,
and free us from the insensitivity
born of worldly comfort and self-centredness.
Inspire us, as nations, communities and individuals,
to see that those who come to our shores
are our brothers and sisters.
May we share with them the blessings
we have received from your hand,
and recognize that together, as one human family,
we are all migrants,
journeying in hope to you, our true home,
where every tear will be wiped away,
where we will be at peace
and safe in your embrace. Pope Francis