Sunday, January 14, 2018

World Day of Migrants and Refugees

“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, 
and you shall love him as yourself, 
for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” 
(Leviticus 19:34).

From Pope Francis.
It is not easy to enter into another culture, to put oneself in the shoes of people so different from us, to understand their thoughts and their experiences. As a result we often refuse to encounter the other and raise barriers to defend ourselves. Local communities are sometimes afraid that the newly arrived will disturb the established order, will ‘steal’ something they have long laboured to build up. And the newly arrived also have fears: they are afraid of confrontation, judgment, discrimination, failure. These fears are legitimate, based on doubts that are fully comprehensible from a human point of view. Having doubts and fears is not a sin. The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit our choices, to compromise respect and generosity, to feed hostility and rejection. The sin is to refuse to encounter the other, the different, the neighbour, when this is in fact a privileged opportunity to encounter the Lord. - P. Francis Homily


  1. Ah yes, another "homily" that Crooked Hillary could have easily given. The Political Pope at it again...

    1. Please don't harden your heart.

    2. My heart is not hard. I'm just able to see what this Pope is really about. Have you read "The Dictator Pope?"

    3. Only God can "see what this Pope's really about."

      Everyone else is speculating while trying to pass off their opinion as fact.

  2. “If we recognize [Jesus] under the appearance of bread,” Mother Teresa explained, “we will have no difficulty recognizing him in the disguise of the suffering poor.”


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