HHM Prayer Book

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH RAYER BOOK WEEK 

DAY 1—COMPASSION FOR THE IMMIGRANT

Understanding is the basis for compassion. Let us prepare our hearts and minds ahead of our panel discussion this ThursdayThe Immigrant, The Border, and Jesusto seek greater understanding for the members of God's family who come to our land to escape oppression, poverty, persecution, violence, and war.

1 But now thus says the Lord,
the One who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;...
4 You are precious in my sight and honored, and I love you.
5 Do not fear, for I am with you always. ...
16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters ...
18 Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old.
19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. [Isaiah 43:1-5, 16, 18-19]

Amen.

Prayer & Reflection Points:
Pray that God would open the eyes of our hearts
• Pray for divine understanding of the similarities between Jesus’ life and the life of immigrants and refugees
• Reflect on Jesus’ life as a refugee and a king who had no place to lay his head.

DAY 2—IMAGE BEARERS

Today, let us remember that immigrants are leaving behind their families, their homes, and their cultures, despite all of their doubts and their fears.

"Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion, is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Or else we may find ourselves treading on people's dreams. More serious still, we may forget that God was there before our arrival." - Max Warren

33 '"When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. [Lev. 19:33-34]

5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, 6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever. [Jer. 7:5-7]

Amen

Prayer & Reflection Points:
Reflect on your mindset when approaching an immigrant from another culture and/or religion
Pray for humility to approach another people, another culture, another religion as you approach your own
Pray for a holy curiosity to understand and embrace immigrant dreams and stories Pray for a new heart and a new mind to treat immigrants as you treat the native- born.

Day 3—BACKWARDS
Today, let us consider how the world is and how it should be. "Refugees"

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or I
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” [Luke 16:19-31]

Reread the poem backwards: "Refugees"

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or I
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

Prayer & Reflection Points:

  • Reflect on the times you have heard the rhetoric in the Refugees poem
  • Reflect whether you are more like the rich man or more like Lazarus
  • Take a moment to repent and pray for forgiveness because the world is not yet backwards—as it should be.

Day 4—BOUND TOGETHER

Today, let us pray for determination to bind the lives of our immigrant brothers and sisters to ours.

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. "

-Lilla Watson

"[Solidarity] is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.

(Saint John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socia/is, no. 38)

Prayer & Reflection Points:

  • Pray for conviction to make the misfortunes of immigrants personal
  • Pray discernment about your Kingdom role in changing the world backwards
  • Pray for a small God idea to start today.