Through this week in Lent, we introduced you to Therese, who has been accompanied by JRS UK for many years and during her time in detention.
For anyone seeking asylum in the UK the fear of being taken to detention is part of their everyday. Therese was at her home when she was unexpectedly taken by immigration enforcement late at night and transported to one of the UK’s Immigration Removal Centres. Therese did not know how long she would be detained for, whether she would be placed on a flight back to her country or if she would be released.
Through her powerful faith in God, Therese was able to stay positive in spite of the stressful situation she was put in. “I left everything in the hands of God … only God almighty can see you through and set you free.”
Today as we reflect on the Sunday Mass readings, we remember that through the times of doubt and difficulty, God is present and seeks to guide us.
Together we may make our pilgrim journey
Sr. Rachel O’Riordan, one of our volunteers, reflects on each of today’s readings. We invite you to join her in a space of prayer and reflection:
As Lent progresses and we approach the midway point our good resolutions and the first fervour of Ash Wednesday may begin to falter. Perhaps we are like the Israelites and feel that we are ‘wandering in the wilderness’ with no clear identity or destination. In days of doubt or desolation God continues to seek us out and call us back into communion with our fellow travellers so, that, together we may make our pilgrim journey to the promised land.
“He said, ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery’“
In a fragmented world let us examine again the challenges which are set before us, to be the builders of justice and peace in our own families and communities.
“… but to those who have been called, … a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God“
“Then his disciples remembered the words of the scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me.“