When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Reflection. Aren't we glad that this asylum seeking family found a welcome. They were fleeing for their lives. They were fleeing for our lives. They found a safe harbour.
Do we need to say more about people in small boats approaching our southern coast. Maybe we do. Has our country become a worse place than ancient Egypt? And, please, nothing about 'first safe country.' Asylum is about where the seeker feels safe. And we receive few asylum seekers compared with our neighbours.
Will we make Jesus, Joseph and Mary feel safe? Do we see them in the people on the water?
Prayer. Come, Lord Jesus, asylum seekers. Amen.