Gospel Reflection for the 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time Year B – 14th January 2018
Day of Prayer for Migrants and Asylum Seekers
My aunt and uncle left for Britain. My cousin left with nine children for New Zealand. They were migrants. They had tough times but came through. I think of them when I look at the news of migrants coming here. I hope I will always welcome them. Many are like our own relatives.
Life at home was so bad for them that refugees and asylum seekers risked their lives in the snows of Europe, or in a makeshift boat, costing them all they had.
Why should we care? All are our brothers and sisters in God and in Christ. We have a duty of care.
We can help by friendliness and care when we get the chance; by speaking positively about what we could do; by financial help when we can. Or when we condemn the conditions in our provision centres.
We help with our welcome, the offer to teach them English, to show them where to shop, how to manage a phone here, welcoming them into a parish centre and encouraging those who help. In conversation we can challenge the bias against the foreigner.
We pray that with Jesus we can take away the sin of the world – the sin of greed, violence and racism.
We need to soak ourselves in our love of the gospel of Jesus and renew our motivation to care for and love all God’s people.
My relatives said – ‘Britain has been kind to us’; ‘New Zealand was good to us’. May those who are new to our shores this year say, ‘Ireland was kind to me’.
May your will be done, O Lord, that all may live their lives to the full.
Donal Neary SJ
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