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4th week of Advent

Week Four - Christ Brings Love to all peoples

Jesus said:

“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."

Merciful God,

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

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