“I will leave in your midst a people humble and take refuge in the name of the Lord” (Zephaniah 3:12) So God’s promise rings his people in times of difficulty and trial. I just heard. No promises nor wealth, nor power, but the care and greater security to be found, “took refuge in the Lord’s name.” He promises her privacy, warmth of Father, his host full of tenderness and understanding.
And now we come to ask this. Our pain, for a month, is very great pain that can not be expressed in words, a pain that slapped our city, that hit entire households. We come to find refuge in the Lord’s name. We ask for your Father’s loving caress.
We are not important “or powerful or noble” and recently we hear St. Paul, but we want to be the Lord’s people, we want our strength is her kind eyes and in our pain, we come to seek the Lord, as we would ask the prophet in the first reading: “Seek the Lord, you, all you humble of the land” (Zephaniah 2:3). We told the Lord what has happened to us. We say that we are not powerful or rich or important, but we suffered a lot. We ask that you leave us comfort and not because we want to be the “poor and humble people who took refuge in the name of the Lord” (Zephaniah 3:12). We asked to see much because we want to keep walking and keep fighting.
We rely on his promise: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:5). We ask for your comfort, which is a kind of passive resignation but the caress of the Father raises us and put us back on track with the look on his face that is merciful and justice. Yes, just heard his word: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6) Therefore we also ask justice. We ask that your humble people do not be fooled by any human cunning, that his mighty hand put things in place and justice. The wound is incurable. Nobody has the right to experiment with children and young people. They are the hope of a people and we must take care with responsible decision.
And thus afflicted and united, poor and humble, pray together today. May our prayer attracts the eyes of our Father God. May our prayer be heard for the repose of so many young lives torn by irresponsibility. May our prayers bring relief to suffering families. Further strengthen our prayer so many men and women in this calamity fussed nurses, nurses, doctors, volunteers, firefighters …. May our prayer and shake our city wake it hurt to not put your hope in the powerful but in the Lord and understand that children and young people is not experienced. May the Lord take your hand and take care of us Holy Virgin.
Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio S.J.
Buenos Aires, January 30, 2005.