Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Spanjers shares on a recent liturgy on the Border/Misa en la Frontera in Naco, AZ/Naco, Mexico.
Franciscan Sisters Carla, Leonette, Mary Ann, Joellen and Doris attended a very moving bilingual Mass that was concelebrated by Bishop Jose Leopoldo Gonzalez-Gonzalez of Diócesis de Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona, USA. Bishop Gonzalez concelebrated Mass on the United States side while Bishop Kicanas was on the Mexico side.
There were over 400 people who participated on both sides of the border, a beautiful Mexican choir played the music and led the singing. The two Bishops prayed for all migrants and refugees in our countries and around the world, quoting Pope Francis that “this is a time for conversion, a time for salvation, the time for mercy. And so, let us say together in response to the suffering of so many faces,” of Lazarus in our midst.
After Mass, Sister Doris had the idea of greeting the people on the other side of the fence. We were able to touch our fingers together and wish each other well. It was very moving and also a little sad. It felt unnerving to have a barrier between us as members of the same family of the Church, yet we know with God there are no borders, Jesus is with us and we are one body.