who faced untold agony and anguish, distress and defeat, motivated the Church
in general and the Jesuits in particular to accompany them. In collaboration
with the Varanasi Diocese, the Patna Jesuits provided relief to over 21,000
families and responded to over 14,000 migrants on the road.
with the migrants undergoing agony and misery for no mistake of their own.
distributed food to the migrants they said, “We did not have food for many
days; you have come like God giving us food.” But we in turn found in them the
crucified Christ. This is all the truer of women who were being supported by
their husbands’ salary and had nothing to feed the family when the father was forced
to go back home. They themselves saw the crucified Christ in their crying
malnourished children. And I remember this toddler who became an orphan when,
returning with his migrant mother, the woman died of exhaustion on the road.
This shocking incident reminded me of the cry of the crucified Christ, “My God,
My God, why have you forsaken me” (Mk 15:34).
Fr. Julian, who distributed relief to the
migrants in Cantt Railway Station along with Fr. Susai and a government
official, a Hindu, stated, “In the migrants, I found Christ exhausted by the
weight of the cross.”