Recognising My Fears and Being Free

Esther Chia shares about her experience of fear and prejudice towards migrants and her realisation after that.  I used to think that the news was not very helpful. It focused a lot on the bad news and only on the bad things that migrants do. But what about me? I found myself generally prejudiced towards migrant workers and to those who are different from me. I used to avoid them. The migrants were invisible to me and I did not acknowledge their existence. It had been a long while since I have taken the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), and I…

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Promote and Integrate

Day 10/10 - Promote and Integrate “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” - Luke 4: 18 – 19  READ This is the last day of our reflection and sharing! We hope that the last nine days has allowed you to take a journey to the heart and find healing. "It's not just about migrants,…

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Welcome and Protect

Day 9/10 - Welcome and Protect “Come you who are blessed by my father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was a stranger and you welcomed me… Lord, when did we see you a stranger and welcome you?  Amen I say to you. Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25: 34b, 35, 37, 40) READ It all starts from when we were little, excluding a classmate different from us at the playground or not inviting them to a party. This is probably…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: But About All Of Us

Day 8/10 - It Is About Us! “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19) READ It is so much easier to speak to people around us who share the same thoughts and ideas. It is so much easier to ride off someone as just another beggar on the street, foreigner or cleaner. But have we stopped to consider they too are just like you and I? Moving, living and breathing.   Yes, brothers and sisters it is hard, to step…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It Is About Building The City Of God And Man

Day 7/10 - We Built This City! “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19) READ Look all around you, the MRT, the roads, the HDB flats, hospitals and many more. Who helped us achieved such progress in our little red dot. Was it just us? No, the migrants too. They helped us build this city too.   In our time, which can also be called the era of migration, many innocent people fall victim to the “great deception” of limitless…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It Is About The Whole Person About All People

Day 6/10 - What is the full life? “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10) READ In Jesus’ words, we encounter the very heart of his mission: to see that all receive the gift of life in its fullness, according to the will of the Father.   In all that we do, we must always put the person at the center, including the spiritual dimension. Consequently, “development cannot be restricted to economic growth alone. To be authentic, it must be well-rounded; it must foster the development of each man and of the whole man”…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It Is About Putting The Last In First Place

Day 5/10 - The Logic Of The World “Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all” (Mark 10:43-44) READ Jesus Christ asks us not to yield to the logic of the world, which justifies injustice to others for my own gain or that of my group. “Me first, and then the others!” Instead, the true motto of the Christian is, “The last shall be first!” An individualistic spirit is fertile soil for the growth of that kind of indifference towards our neighbours which leads…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It Is Seeing That No One Is Excluded

Day 4/10 - That All May Be One. “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones...  it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.” - Matthew 18:10-14 READ Today’s world is increasingly becoming more elitist towards those who are excluded. Developing countries continue to be drained of their best natural and human resources for the benefit of a few privileged markets. In Singapore, we see an incoming of migrants from developing countries. All those that come often wish to make a better life for themselves,…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It is About Our Humanity

Day 3/10 - Hello. Will you help me? “But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight” - Luke 10:33 READ Compassion motivated the Samaritan traveler not to pass by. It motivated him to stop, to open his ears to listen to the injured man and to give him what he wanted. Compassion urges us to “be a neighbour” to all those whom we see in difficulty. Being compassionate means recognising and understanding the suffering of the other and taking immediate action to help.  When we open our hearts to the other, it enables…

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It’s Not Just About Migrants: It is About Charity

Day 2/10 of the Migrant Sunday reflection, we ask: "What is Charity?" “For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?” (Matthew 5: 43 – 48) Through works of charity, we demonstrate our faith. The highest form of charity is that shown to those unable to reciprocate and thank us in return. At work we help someone but when we ask the person for help, they turn us down or worst still they make things difficult for us. We are disappointed and hurt. The truth is that it…

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