Station IV, Jesus Meets His Mother

March 10, 2017

By Sister Anne Connolly

We are invited to walk with Jesus during this Lenten Season with the Stations of the Cross. Reflections written by Sisters of Mercy will be posted each Wednesday and Friday during Lent until Good Friday, April 14. We pray to find immeasurable Mercy as we walk these moments with Christ Jesus.

Contemplation

Image by Br. Michael McGrath, OSFS. Source: USCCB’s National Migration Week: A Collected Book of Prayers for Migrants. Used with permission.

Image by Br. Michael McGrath, OSFS. Source: USCCB’s National Migration Week: A Collected Book of Prayers for Migrants. Used with permission.

I invite you to Egypt with refugees Maria and José resting under a tree, their still carefree babe suspended in a basket on a limb. You know the story. At first we are tempted to smile, unless we are aware of the refugee status of these parents. In the sadness of that moment, we find richness in wondering who provided refuge when Mary and Joseph traveled with Jesus on this road in a strange land.

Fast forward to 2017 and know other mothers: Julia, Guadalupe, Susi and myriad others—today’s refugees. To some appearances, they live a normal life with their carefree, playing children. Another appreciation and privilege is to realize the moment-to-moment existence of these mothers, uncertain if today will be the day and the hour of despair. Will the next car to arrive be law enforcement? We hope Mercy is stopping by instead; Mercy, ever-awed by the resilient spirit encountered.

Call to Action

Each of us harbors worries and shame. We struggle with the presence of pain and violence. How can we be imagining the building of a wall to separate family love and life! Let us pray. Let us do all possible to inform ourselves. And let us pray again. Then we invite others to pray as well to find all the ways Mercy can be refuge and be recipient of refuge. We want to notice any “walls” around us regarding refugees. Ponder what we might do to break them down. And ponder again. All united in our revolution of tenderness and love!

Reflective-Mary

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  1. Katie Mindling

    Thank you for the reminder that in our prayer we unite in inviting our tender God to dismantle within us any walls that hold us back, hem us in, force others out, negate the dignity of the other. Thank you for all that we pray together in and through Jesus in Mercy.


  2. Christine Hearn

    Thank you, Anne. Compassionate words needed so desperately in these sad times. Mercy and peace to all.