Wake up, little baby God, and hear our cry!

This year’s Christmas card from Maryknoll Lay Missioners connects the Nativity story with the plight of refugees worldwide.

Artwork courtesy of the Jesuit Refugee Services of East Africa Mikono Shop

Artwork courtesy of the Jesuit Refugee Services of East Africa Mikono Shop

This African depiction of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt reminds us that Jesus came into this world as a displaced person in Bethlehem, and that only days later, in order to escape from a murderous tyrant, his family had to flee to Egypt and became refugees, and that Jesus had nowhere to lay his head in Galilee.

Celebrating our Savior’s birth, mindful of the plight of 68.5 million forcibly displaced people today, let us pray:

As we journey with the Holy Family to Bethlehem, we pray for all who make forced journeys. Give them strength to carry on and courage to walk the road ahead.

Wake up, little baby God,
And hear our cry.

As we hear the innkeeper say there is no room, we pray for refugees for whom there is no country. Gather them to yourself and keep them free from harm.

Wake up, little baby God,
And hear our cry.

As we contemplate that first Christmas night, we pray for those with nowhere to lay their head. Comfort them in their need and uphold them in their plight.

Wake up, little baby God,
And hear our cry.

As we listen to the cry of the infant king, we pray for children everywhere born into poverty. Wrap them in your love and uphold them in your tender mercy.

Wake up, little baby God,
And hear our cry.

As we remember the fear of the shepherds in the presence of the angels, we pray for all who are afraid to look ahead. Reassure them with your presence and embolden them to face the future.

Wake up, little baby God,
And hear our cry.

As we recall the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt, we pray for all who flee from danger. Enfold them in your care and challenge us to offer our protection.

Wake up, little baby God,
A
nd hear our cry.

—Annabel Shilson-Thomas (CAFOD)

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