Here in the USA, several of our sisters are taking part in the virtual Posadas provided by the Ignation Solidarity Network. Each night a family sings from their home followed by a presentation by a migrant telling their story of what forced them to leave their homeland and seek asylum in our country. We are then invited to reflect in silence before the closing prayer of each days Posada. This is a very different experience from our usual Posada at the USA/Mexico border wall near the Pacific Ocean. There we would walk and sing along the border wall with people of all different Christian denominations participating on both sides of the border. COVID robbed us of this hope-filled experience this year.
As we participate in these ‘safe’ virtual Posadas, I’m conscious of the thousands of migrants, especially Reina and her two children, who have been on a risky ‘Posada’ for over a year…leaving life-threatening experiences in their El Salvador neighborhood, crossing unwelcoming borders, resting in streets and shelters along the way, and recently receiving a 2 week notice to vacate her room in Tijuana.
Knowing their faith has given us new eyes to see the Light penetrating the darkness. Our JM communities and friends have reached out revealing Hope along the way. Let us be united in prayer with Reina and family, with the many migrants around our world and with the many people extending compassion and Hope to their neighbor.