Love the stranger and the outsider

Ordinarily humans are cliché-ish, tribal, and we tend to care for those who are ‘like us’. By accessing the power of the Love of God, Jesus loved people who were excluded from the in- group and he gave attention to the stranger and the other. The list of minorities and marginalized people is long: the LGBTQ community, racial minorities, women in general, foreigners, and those convicted of crimes to name a few. Living in Texas near the gateway to Central America, we have the opportunity and calling to love those seeking asylum and immigration to our country.  They are for us ‘strangers and outsiders’ who sometime go unwelcomed and excluded.  The way of love calls us to short-term respite care.  It also points us toward creating a system that is compassionate for the potential immigrant and one which equitably shares the burden of welcoming immigrants among all our citizens.

Hebrews 13:2

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

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A Prayer for Migrants

Father of love and mercy, you provided your people Israel the promised land in their exodus from slavery in Egypt. You made a place in Egypt for the Holy Family when they were oppressed by King Herod; and in Jesus Christ you provide a welcoming refuge for all those in need. We ask for your divine protection for all migrants who have left their homes in search of new opportunities in another country.   In the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.