I trust in the LORD;
my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the LORD
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
As I write this, I am concerned by the constant influx of messages I receive from the members of the Ignatian Hispanic Communities, a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality of the Jesuits’ Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces. Last week, one of our members had her husband detained by ICE following a deportation order. As of today, we do not know his status.
The messages I receive come to my inbox because this morning we sent a text message alert to all the members, asking for prayers for this woman, her husband, and their three young daughters. Maria, from one of the communities, wrote… “Dios es el Todopoderoso. Confíen totalmente en su misericordia divina y ojalá pronto se resuelva. Para Dios, todo es posible.” [God is the Almighty. Trust fully in divine mercy and with hope that it will soon be resolved. For God, everything is possible.] Like that, similar messages keep coming, showing the Body of Christ hurting, begging for us to take notice and remember our connectedness.
The wisdom of Maria’s response is powerful and true. She is right: nothing is impossible for God. That is the radical hope we are called to embrace: God is all-powerful and can do everything. It is real, not just symbolic. It should move us to join with God’s preferential love for the poor and marginalized.
With the psalmist, today we are invited to trust and to believe that all things are possible with God. Can we please believe? Can we do something? This family needs it.
Carlos Aedo is the director of Hispanic Ministries of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality of the USA Northeast and Maryland Provinces of the Society of Jesus. For more information about the “Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas” visit www.comunidadesignacianas.org.