As we continue to celebrate Christmas, I share with you the following because it so closely connects with the challenges Joseph, Mary and Jesus encountered! Please do continue to have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
This year, National Migration Week is this week, January 5 — 11. This week is chosen as the plight of refugees and migrants parallel that of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph who had to flee their homes for their lives.
In his 2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees message, the Holy Father reiterates the Gospel command to avoid despising “one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father” (Mt 18:10). It is not just about migrants: it is a question of seeing that no one is excluded. We are called to help create the conditions that will lead to a better life for everyone on the planet.
“Promoting a Church and a World for All,” is the theme for this year’s celebration which reflects the need for us to be inclusive and welcoming to all our brothers and sisters. It is a call for unity to stand in solidarity with and care for those who are excluded and marginalized.
Welcoming the newcomer and promoting a Church for all counters what Pope Francis has referred to as “a globalization of indifference,” which has led to many of us to ignore the cries of the poor, turn our backs on the marginalized, and remain indifferent to those struggling to find a better life. We are called to be an active Church in support of all of God’s children, for “the Church which ‘goes forth’... can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast” (Evangelii Gaudium, 24).
I refer you to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website for extensive materials on this issue. You can find it at: justiceforimmigrants.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FInalNMW-Toolkit-2020-1.pdf
Finally, THANK YOU for all the kind support you give me on a daily bases, especially during these challenging days in our Church.
Again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,