As we journey through Lent, we introduce you to some of the refugees JRS accompanies. Where in their stories do we sense the closeness of the Lord?
When you find yourself in such hardship, having already experienced a traumatic past, this hostility can have a terrible effect on someone’s welfare. Those seeking asylum often feel that they are lost in a world of confusion with little promise of a brighter future: “the life outside is not very good and promising for the refugees and asylum seekers.”
Hassan-Ali’s story is real, however we have changed his name to protect his privacy.
Today we invite you to spend some time with the readings of the day and join Sr. Lynne FCJ in a space of prayerful reflection:
As we focus this week on the plight of destitute people, this scripture passage speaks to us of God’s response to us in our helplessness. If we did not already know the story so well, we may expect that Jesus would lift the man and help him into the pool. Instead Jesus listens deeply to his need and speaks the words which are enabling. Jesus invites the man to recognise his own capacity and to rise up. The man is filled with his God-given strength and is freed from his infirmity and gives praise to God.
So often we are confronted with situations of poverty, and even destitution, where we are in a position of power. We who have resources, can make a choice (and often a judgement) about who we ‘help’ and how we do it. Jesus invites us to think differently, to enter into a more mutual dynamic with the people we meet who are in need, and to act in a way that is empowering and enables them to ‘rise up’.
Today let us consider: How are my actions empowering for those most in need?