Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 15 December
“I tell you Elijah has come already and they did not recognise him but treated him as they pleased; and the Son of Man will suffer similarly at their hands.”
Jesus rebukes the crowd for the cruel way that John the Baptist was treated.
So often migrants and refugees are rejected. Having travelled to find safety and welcome, they are viewed with suspicion and fear.
Jouhayna, a 24-year-old Syrian refugee in Lebanon, describes her experience. “There is a lot of harassment because of racism and discrimination from Lebanese people against Syrians. They feel free to say bad things and do bad things to them. There is very little compassion.”
Each person throughout the world is loved and valued by God. Let us recognise migrants and refugees for who they are: members of God’s family, made in his image.
As Pope Francis has said: “Christ asks us to welcome our brother and sister migrants with arms wide open.”
Let us open our arms wide today.
God of all, help us to see that all people are loved by you. Made in your image, may we recognise each other as sisters and brothers, members of one family throughout the world. May we know that no one is beyond your reach. Amen.
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