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Esta es nuestra Fe

Misa con  la comunidad de Zacualpa, Guatemala

Misa con la comunidad de Zacualpa, Guatemala

Por Jose Elias Ibarra, SJ

Son políticas de seguridad y políticas económicas las que nos acorralan por igual, que nos ponen en el laberinto de la huida o la resignación. Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico y Estados Unidos, juntos en una misma esperanza: cambiar la hostilidad por la hospitalidad. Un mismo llamado nos convoca y nos pone uno a una, cara a cara.  Ellos y ellas, los que se fueron, los que volvieron, los que intentaron una y otra vez, los que lo arriesgaron todo, los que lo han perdido todo, los desaparecidos, las que aún esperan, las que no saben donde buscar, los que sueñan con estudiar, los que quieren irse para sentir cómo será un abrazo de papá. Son ellos, niños y niñas, jóvenes, adultos, señoras, blancos, negros, azules, de todos colores. Los míos, los tuyos, los nuestros, son aquí  los que llamamos hermanos, los que nos hacen preguntarnos qué hacer.

En sus voces se nota el hastío de la lógica de acumulación que lucra con la miseria, la ignorancia y el miedo se vuelve cada vez mas asfixiante tiene como opción huir o resignarse. No importa el genero, la edad, la procedencia, el color de piel, la raíz cultural, la violencia acecha por doquier. Las maras, la corrupción, la pobreza, el hambre, la violencia, la falta de oportunidades construyen un laberinto que parece no tener salida. En sus reclamos se ve claramente cómo el capitalismo y autoritarismo son una buena combinación para explotar los recursos naturales y los recursos humanos.

Pero ellos, nosotros, no nos resignamos a la miseria, al destino trágico. Por eso buscamos que nuestras manos sirvan para dar vida, que nuestra mente se abra a otros horizontes y que nuestra palabra alimente a otros, que hagamos un espacio para poder habitar, buscamos la vida y ponemos lo que tenemos para conseguirlo: nuestras ganas, nuestros sueños, nuestro cuerpo.

Pero esta es nuestra fe, la fe errante, la que pide una bendición cuando la amenaza acecha, la que comparte el pan cuando el hambre asfixia, la busca refugio cuando el cuerpo está expuesto, la que busca una palabra que no criminalice la condición de extranjero. Esta es nuestra fe, la fe de nuestros hermanos y hermanas que confían, buscan y encuentran, la promesa de la vida hecha carne cada día.

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Seeking Light in The Darkness

Jesuit scholastics looking at a map at a Migrant's shelter in Mexico

Jesuit scholastics looking at a map at a Migrant’s shelter in Mexico

By Alejandro Olayo-Mendez, SJ

People move to other countries for different reasons. They move because of job opportunities, desires to improve their lives, or desires to see the world and expand their horizons.  However, there are other times when people are forced to make the choice to move either because of violence or because they cannot find ways to live with dignity in their places of origin.  Our current political systems facilitate the movement of some (specially the educated ones and those with money) and block the movement of others (especially the poor and uneducated).  This creates a striking paradox: Migration becomes a privilege for some and a stigma for others.

I have been traveling with a group of six Jesuits in Central America and Mexico.  We are trying to take a closer look at the realities and challenges of migration in this migration corridor, trying to understand the aspirations, desires, and challenges that Central American have and face as they try to find ways to reach the U.S.   Some movies and documentaries (“Sin Nombre”, “La Jaula de Oro”, or “Los Invisibles”) depict the realities of embarking on an irregular migration trajectory (without visas) in search for a better life.

Last night we arrived to a shelter in Southern Mexico.  As we were waiting to be shown our accommodations,  I engaged in conversation with a migrant.  He spoke of his two children and his desire to provide them with a better life, to give them the opportunity of a good education, and to provide them with the things he did not have,  He spoke of the difficulties of his marriage, the difficulties of being far away and on the road.  But, above all he shared a genuine desire to be a better human being a more committed, just, and loving one.  I could have had this conversation at a Parish in any town in the U.S. and nobody would have questioned this man’s desires.  Furthermore, he would be encouraged to find ways to make those desires possible.  However, for this migrant that is not the case.  As he moves through Mexico, he will be discriminated, abused, exposed to multiple dangers, and he will deal with the full force and brutality of border controls.  He will have to deal with the label of “illegal”, “undocumented”, “el migrante”.  He will carry with him his aspirations and desires for a better life.  Ironically, those desires and aspirations will not be validated as for other people in other circumstances.

As I finished my conversation with him, I saw my Jesuit brothers looking at a map painted on one wall at the shelter we are visiting.  A dimmed light gave shape to their figures.  As I saw them looking at the map I had no doubt that we seek light in the darkness.  There is no doubt that the migrant I spoke with was seeking light (a better life) as he entered the darkness of a migration journey through the Mexican Migration Corridor.

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