Shine a light for HOPE !
A host of people - children, women, men - the size of the population of Canada and more are wandering the world in search of somewhere to belong, to love and be loved, to be safe, to be born, to die. We, their sisters and brothers are offered the opportunity to live out of our human essence, to support them, to pray for them, to befriend them, basically to welcome them into our hearts, into our minds, into our towns and cities.
We are not unconnected with this Exodus. In our tradition , Moses led the people across the desert, Jesus had nowhere to lay his head; in our history we have seen ethical cleansing taking place throughout our world - getting rid of people because they were different from us.
We have a chance to renew our christian living at grass root level, to accept our brothers and sisters into our keeping and care, as Mary was missioned to do at the foot of the Cross. If we step up to the plate, embracing this call to radical hospitality - the hospitality of the Trinity - will renew us and renew our Church. This is surely an opportunity we cannot let pass by.
The Vigil Group suggest we might put a lit green lamp or green candle in the window for an hour each evening - green the colour of hope. This might serve to remind us that our sisters and brothers are homeless, stateless, hungry, afraid, recovering from abuse, and looking for a light to guide them to a welcoming space. It might remind us too that it is in our power to help them, to make them welcome, to provide food and clothing, nourishment and dignity. We might pause for a minute of reflection and to bring these pilgrims before God. It is within our power to call them our family.
In taking this opportunity, we might find ourselves noticing more the lonely old person next door, the sad member of our family, the beggar who gets in our way, and so do something to ease their way. We might ultimately welcome even the unloved parts of ourselves.
For focused ways to help,
Click on Scotland Welcomes Refugees
and Scottish Refugee Council