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O God, you have called us to be your children, and have promised that those who suffer with Christ will be heirs with him of your glory: Arm us with such trust in him that we may ask no rest from his demands and have no fear in his service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Look at this work in a street museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  What is the first thing that you notice?  Now look again, at the figures. The facial expressions. The physical relationships, particularly of the adults with the children. What do you see now?

Reflect. This work is called “Esperando la Barca,” translated into English as “waiting for the boat.” Consider the deep concern on the faces of those who wait.  Imagine what they are looking for, hoping for, fearful of. Think of a time in your own life when you waited with feelings of hope and dread. What was that like?

Act. There are many persons, impoverished, sick, lonely, vulnerable, victimized in some way by others…who wait, as those pictured appear to be.  Perhaps they are waiting for a word or act of compassion.  Perhaps it is you for whom they wait, look, and hope.  As Christ’s representative on earth today, what will you do? Will you allow them to continue waiting in desperation?

Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.

Music: “Ambient Sonata”  /Album:  Ambient Sonata  /Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image:   “Esperando la Barca” /Place: Caminito Street Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina  /Artist: Roberto Juan Capurro   /Photographer: Jon Shematek