Haiti: Second Sunday of Lent, 25 February is National Justice and Peace Day for Church of Haiti
from the National Episcopal Justice and Peace Commission
23/2/18 - Each year, the second Sunday of Lent, Sunday of the Transfiguration, is celebrated as "Sunday of Justice and Peace" in the Church of Haiti. This year, the National Episcopal Justice and Peace Commission proposes the following theme for reflection during the Lenten season: "Hope is a force that allows us to rebuild Haiti."
In its work and reflections, the Commission notes how despair and disappointment pervade people's lives. The political management of the country does not help the advancement of the country. The economy is at a standstill: it is based on financial speculation, not on productive activity. Technical and financial supervision of rural workers in the rural world is lacking. The high rate of unemployment prevents the majority of the population from meeting their basic needs: health, school, food, adequate housing. Vocational training, infrastructure and roads, drinking water, electric power, sanitary forecasts and others are lacking. Justice is lame and even absent because of repeated strikes by judges and clerks demanding better working conditions. The situation of prolonged pre-trial detention in the country's 17 detention centers and prisons is worsening. Violence, crime and insecurity are causing great suffering in many places. A large number of young people are fleeing the country in search of better living conditions elsewhere. Corruption, impunity, theft and misappropriation of resources for the community only worsen the situation. Will the country never come out of these intolerable living conditions?
The time of Lent brings us face to face with these questions. Our Christian faith, the faith of the disciples of Jesus Christ, teaches us that we are created for life. Life is in us and among us, it nourishes our hope and hope for a better, more correct Haiti with more justice. Yes, we believe in the strength of the Spirit of God who joins our spirit to support the good qualities present in our people and in ourselves.
Thus, the Justice and Peace Commission has the courage to draw everyone's attention to the signs of hope and hope that are also present in our country. You have to learn to observe, appreciate and support them. Each of us must become a sign of hope for our country. Let's look at this more closely:
- The multiple peasant movements and organizations that provide guidance to those who work the land: these are signs of hope;
- Women's movements demanding justice and enabling women to support their families, and to better participate in political and social life: these are signs of hope;
- Mutually supportive families, where the life and positive qualities of our people are transmitted: these are signs of hope;
- Young people themselves, who take initiatives in urban and rural neighborhoods, to change the living conditions of people for a better tomorrow: these are signs of hope;
- In the Church, we note the presence of many institutions such as the Haitian Conference of Religious, the Journal Bon Nouvèl, the Justice and Peace Commission, the Youth Eucharistic Movement, the Chiro Movement, and many other groups: these are signs of hope;
- In civil society, awareness is growing, together with the desire to end corruption: It is a sign of hope;
- All efforts to reduce violence in various forms in the country: these are signs of hope.
These are the signs that the time in which we live offers us to support our hope and hope as a life force. This is what the Gospel of Mark 13: 28-29 says: "Understand this comparison of the fig tree: as soon as its branches become tender and its leaves grow, you recognize that summer is near. So you too, when you see this happen, know that the Son of Man is near. "
Let not the signs of hope disappear, but let us share hope and hope around us; allow these signs to grow and strengthen to rebuild our communities and our country; create more signs of hope and hope for the future. Let's continue the work to achieve real change in our lives and our society.
On the occasion of the National Justice and Peace Day, on the second Sunday of Lent, the Commission counts on your prayers, your participation and your generous contribution to enable the Commission to continue working in the service of the marginalized. We thank you wholeheartedly, and we wish you a Happy Justice and Peace Day.
Port au Prince, February 25, 2018