Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. “Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
A student refugee from Sudan in the Jesuit Refugee Service higher education program in Amman, Jordan, shared with us how going back to school pulled him back from despair.
“When I left college (after being forced to flee Sudan) I lost hope in everything and was depressed. But I feel as if this opportunity has saved my life. I realize that life has many opportunities in store, not only for me but for the betterment of humanity.”
At JRS, we believe education is the key to a better future for refugees — whatever form that future might take. Education provides a sense of stability, dignity and hope.
Working together with our partners and supporters, working together with refugees, working together we can unlock potential. Together we can provide hope. Together we can provide education. Together we can put refugees on the road to independence and self-sufficiency.
—Christian Fuchs serves as Communications Director for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.
On the way of wisdom I direct you, I lead you on straightforward paths.
When you walk, your step will not be impeded, and should you run, you will not stumble.
Hold fast to instruction, never let her go; keep her, for she is your life.
—Proverbs 4: 11-13