Benedetto. Seminarian in the Saint James Vicariate, animated this prayer with the youth of Desert Flower on January 13’ 2017, the eve of World Migrant’s Day.

prayer migrants2017

First part: Jesus the refugee

"When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” […] When Herod had died, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” He rose, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go back there. And because he had been warned in a dream, he departed for the region of Galilee. He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He shall be called a Nazorean.” (Matthew 2: 13 – 15. 19 – 23)

1. Jesus knows suffering and troubles from the beginning of his life.

2. As if it would not be enough for God to become a man, he became a homeless man.

3. He accepted all this for me.

Second part: we are refugees

"But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself" (Philippians 3: 20 – 21)

1. I live in the world but my heart is in Heaven,

2. I do not mistake the contingent for the central and vice-versa.

3. I remember that the Kingdom of God is waiting for me.

Third part: the world is a refugee

"I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance." (Romans 8: 18 – 25)

1. Everything comes to an end.

2. This world too will pass away.

3. If everything is going to come to an end, what should I live for? And how?

Conclusion: If we are all refugees, what can I do to help those who are most in need?