The Man Born Blind
Call to Action
Rio Grande Valley
Call to Action-Rio Grande Valley  P.O. Box 3443 McAllen, TX 78502
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March 20-23, 2020
A Weekend of Prayer, Reflection, and Action
In Opposition to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

     The Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 22 of this year, is the story of THE MAN BORN
BLIND. Many people are blind to the conditions of our neighbors living across our Southern Border. In
Lent we are called to prayer, fasting and alms giving. “ Concerning prayer pope Francis teaches: “You pray
for the hungry. Then you feed them. That is how prayer works.” He also  said: “listening to God's word
requires much more than one's ears. It must go from the ears, to the heart and then to the hands,
resulting in good works in the world.” Taking our key from the Gospel of this Sunday might we also say:
“Listening to God’s word requires much more than one’s eyes. It must go from the eyes, to the heart and
then to the hands, resulting in good works in the world.”

     One of the blind spots for our nation goes by the title “MPP” (Migrant Protection Protocols). Homeland
Security defines this policy thus: “The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) are a U.S. Government action
whereby certain foreign individuals entering or seeking admission to the U.S. from Mexico – illegally or
without proper documentation – may be returned to Mexico and wait outside of the U.S. for the duration
of their immigration proceeding…”  This definition goes on to claim: “… where Mexico will provide them with
all appropriate humanitarian protections for the duration of their stay.” This is a lie. The group “America’s
Voice” speaks the truth to power in this

A good place to start this Sunday in exploring our own “blind spots”  is to reflect on the Gospel. What
reflections does your group have on this Gospel?

We can pray for those thousands of men, women and children suffering at the border but we must do
more. There are Different levels of actions that an individual or group might take to educate and advocate
to end MPP.

We offer Some suggestions: Different sorts of actions ranging from small group discussions, parish-level
events, gatherings for letter writing/phone calling, viewing videos, protests, individual/group prayer,
fasting, bible studies, etc.

What actions would your group surface?
More information about MPP and some resources/ideas for this event are available here.
For questions, contact Jerry Brazier (