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I asked Gerardo, a young journalist working with the Jesuit-run Radio Progreso in Honduras, why he continued to do his work despite the death threats he has received. He answered, “because we need to be light in the darkness.”
Gerardo’s words and life bear witness to John’s Gospel on Christmas day: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
Gerardo knows what these words mean in Honduras. It is a call to defend the rights of people whose most basic human rights are violated; to stand in solidarity with land defenders fighting to protect their life-giving resources. It means to amplify the voices of poor and marginalized people, even at the cost of one’s life. Berta Caceres, a renowned environmental activist and Indigenous leader, was murdered in 2016 for doing just that. People like Gerardo and Berta shine a light so darkness in Honduras can be overcome.
There is much darkness in our lives today, in a world made bleaker by COVID-19. The pandemic has exposed deep divisions in our society, revealing inequalities and injustices that affect young people more severely. Over 11 million girls worldwide, mostly in Africa, Asia and Latin America, risk never to return to school after the pandemic-enforced school closures. Violence, poverty and early marriage are some of the factors that prevent them from going back. The long term implications of this loss of human potential are immeasurable.
As we prepare for Christmas, let us ask ourselves what it means for us to be a beacon of light. Unless we are willing to follow Jesus and work for justice for those who are hungry, thirsty, in prison or poor and marginalized, the darkness will overcome us.
This Christmas, we have the opportunity to be a light in the darkness by supporting CJI and one of its many projects worldwide which are fighting darkness. Here we focus on four examples of Jesuit projects which shine light in the darkness:
This Christmas, will you help their light shine in the darkness by supporting CJI’s work and our many projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America? Will you walk alongside people who experience poverty, exclusion, and injustice? Will you help defend their human rights, give them access to education, and protect the environment?
Jesus brings light to those who walk and live in darkness. With your generous support you too are shining a light.
With gratitude, I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas!
“He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way.”
– Psalm 25:9
“And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight.”
– Philippians 1:9
“...Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”
– Luke 3:11
“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord”
– Luke 1:45