To riff on a post I saw earlier today by a very smart, devoted follower of God how can the same people I went to church with and heard the same stories of exile, escape and finding their way to a promised land find problem with families trying to do their own exile and escape from a problematic situation in their homelands. It breaks my heart to hear these people being called derogatory names and people calling for harm to come to them. God commands his people to love one another as they love him. Love thy neighbor as themselves. We live in a world where people are trying to find peace and in many places you cannot find it.
I am grateful for the faith tradition that came before where people practiced radical hospitality as Jesus and his disciples were shown during his Earthly ministry. My choice to follow the example of God is the path that I hope many will find their way to. These people are scared, they seek hope, their children are facing uncertain futures. When it comes down to it if you take away the borders and Earthly nationalities and tribes we are all of one human family with the same heart, brain, bones and blood. Let’s not shed that precious blood in the search for peace. I pray to Mary and Joseph both exiles for their intercession for these people.