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What we can learn from our biblical ancestors as migrants

By Father Lawrence Mick
Catholic News Service

The first three definitions my dictionary lists to describe an immigrant are: foreigner, outsider, alien.
Israel, as a people, had experience as foreigners, outsiders and aliens. The Book of Deuteronomy (26:5) commands the Israelites to offer the sacrifice of the first fruits and to “declare in the presence of the Lord, your God, ‘My father was a refugee Aramean who went down to Egypt with a small household and lived there as a resident alien.’” Maybe Israel’s experience living as aliens in Egypt guided their treatment of aliens in their own country. Exodus 23:9 commands, “You shall not oppress a resident alien; you well know how it feels to be an alien, since you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.”
In the infancy narrative in Matthew’s Gospel, the author presents the Holy Family as repeating this sojourn in Egypt. To escape Herod’s murderous plans, Mary and Joseph take the child Jesus and flee to Egypt, to return only after it was safe.
The members of the Holy Family were foreigners, outsiders and aliens in a strange land. They fled their homeland, seeking safety for their family, much like today’s refugees and immigrants.
Pope Francis made his first trip outside of Rome as pontiff to the southern Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, a major point of arrival for undocumented migrants from Africa and the Middle East seeking entry into Europe. A boat overloaded with migrants from Africa had capsized, killing many. The pope prayed for the victims, stood in solidarity with the surviving migrants and spoke of the pressures that force people to leave their homes, condemning what he called a “globalization of indifference” to migrants.
Reporter John Allen noted that the pope, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, is “now something of an immigrant himself.” After his election as pontiff, Francis said the cardinals had summoned him to Rome from the “end of the world.”
Could we even think of Jesus as an immigrant in our world? Was he an outsider, a stranger in a strange land? Certainly, he took on the human condition, with all its trials. He lived among us as one who had “nowhere to rest his head.” Even in Israel, his origin brought scorn. He grew up in Nazareth, and when Philip told Nathanael (in John 1:46) about Jesus, Nathanael asked, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
It’s perhaps an overstatement to say that Jesus was an immigrant from another land, but he certainly identified himself with all of humanity, especially with those who are suffering. He taught us to see him in the needy. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me” (Mt 25:35).
Maybe our Christmas story can lead us to recognize Jesus more readily in those who are migrants today and to welcome them as the face of Christ among us.

Father Mick is a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and a freelance writer.

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August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

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 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
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Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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