Saturday, December 29, 2007

An immigrant family

Artist: James Lesesne Wells
Now after [the wise men] had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. (From Matthew's Gospel)
What would we not do to protect our children? If we could not feed our children on what we were able to earn, would we not flee to a place with the promise or even just the possibility of adequate wages?

Let us remember that Mary and Joseph and the Babe were immigrants. Suppose the Egyptians had said, "Nope, you can't live here. Go home." Suppose they had had vigilantes at the border shooting people who tried to cross. Just suppose.

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