Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 27 March

Fishing boats in Thailand

Men and women are trafficked on fishing boats in Thailand.

Go home, your son will live. 

John 4:43-54

“Go home,” Jesus said, “your son will live”. What joy, what gladness must have filled the man’s heart as sorrows became mercies gratefully embraced in the new life of his son.   

I reflect on my journey home to new life. ‘Home is where the heart is’ we see on posters. Where is my heart? Is it held in Jesus’ embrace as I too lavish love on others? Is it bursting with gratitude for the gifts abounding in my everyday life? Or is it too heavy and laden by rejection and fear, too full of pain to let love in or out?   

We remember our sisters and brothers around the world who are forced to work far away from home. Our sister agency, Caritas Thailand, is supporting young men and women who are looking to earn money for their families and end up trafficked on fishing boats.

“Fishermen in South-East Asia are tricked to work on vessels,” explains Apinya Tajit from Caritas Thailand. “They believe they will come home after several days of work at sea, but this is not true for many of them.

“Ships do not land for more than a month and then crews get locked up so they cannot escape. Some fishermen do not come home for three or four years. Their families do not know where they are or are told they are dead.”

We hold in our hearts today all those who are longing to return home.

Pray

God, shelter of all, we thank you for the miracle of life you give. We thank you for today when we think of the compassion we have been shown, by a friend, neighbour or colleague. We thank you for the grace to be compassionate to others. May we be inspired to fight injustice with your word and your love coursing through us. Amen. 

Act

Draw closer to Christ and reflect on the hopes and struggles of workers around the world. Download our Stations of the Cross prayer resource and share it with your parish. You may also like to see our Stations of the Cross for schools.

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This reflection was written by Joy Wanless from Our Lady of Grace parish, Manchester.

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