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)
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 something that we have all done before because it saves us the trouble and the inconvenience of changing our mindset. Thus, we reject them and who they are.
Rejection is an attitude we all share; it makes us see our neighbour as unworthy of our attention and a rival.
Rejection of the other is rooted in self-centeredness.
What is needed is a change of attitude, to overcome indifference and to counter fears with a generous approach of welcoming those who knock at our doors.
The response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate.
Yet these verbs do not apply only to migrants and refugees.
They describe the Church’s mission to all those who are ignored or avoided in society.
Therefore, let’s put the four verbs to practice and help build the city of God and man.
Read Pope Francis’s Migrant Sunday Message here
PAUSE AND REFLECT
Do I have a welcoming heart?
How have my words and actions made the other person feel welcome and at home?
- How do I participate in providing a safe and healthy environment to the migrants and vulnerable?
Direct our words and actions this day, O Lord, that we may reflect your goodness and to our companions and beneficiaries.
Help us to know the many levels and ways of loving welcome, especially to our brothers and sisters who are lonely, estranged from loved ones and suffering from displacement.
May we be deeply aware that we witness to your Good News.
We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus, who welcomes us to the Divine Life of the Triune God. Amen.
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