Holy Week: April 13th

Each Wednesday in Lent, we invite you in to join us in hearing the stories of refugees and immigrants who have given up everything to find a better life. Especially the women and girls whose resiliency, strength, and power inspire us every day.

This week, we hear the story of Tatiana. We hear about her journey and the son she cares deeply for. After hearing Tatiana's story, we invite you to reflect upon scripture and pray - together or alone - the words written or what ever else might be weighing on your heart. 

As you are able, we invite you to gather each Wednesday for this time of retreat around a meal. Sample soup recipes can be found at the bottom of this page.


"...Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home."

(John 19:25-27) 

REFLECT:

During Holy Week, we see the final moments of Jesus' life on Earth and the crucifixion on the Cross. In this scripture from John, Jesus looked at John and said “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home”. John would now care for Mary as he would for his own mother. 

In this moment, imagine being with Mary in her grief, looking at her Son on the cross. Listen to Jesus speaking to his mother. Moved by Mary’s faithfulness and compassion for her son and by the love Tatiana has for her son, stay with them and contemplate these very special moment.

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PRAY:

Lord God, 

In these Holy days, you watch over us and shelter us. 

We look to you in these coming days of uncertainty and waiting. 

Watch over Tatiana and her son and daughter as they continue to transition into their new lives in the United States. 

For those continuing to look for shelter and refuge, be a shining beacon of light and nurture the journey. 

We wait for your coming again. We ask all this in Your holy name,

Amen.

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