Spoiler alert. I will be taking us through early verses from the Books of the Bible in coming weeks...not necessarily in order.
Second spoiler. Immigration politics.
Immigration. Exodus 1:6-10
"Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
Reflection. Fear of the unknown and fear of foreigners has a long, long history. What follows for Israel in Egypt was worse than the unwelcoming environment that some have sought to create in our country. How do we feel about immigration in our country? Are we fearful or are we welcoming? The Ukraine crisis has revealed a welcoming heart for those in extremis. Yet, there is still an undercurrent that rejects the needs of asylum seekers in small boats on the Channel.
Let me respond simply by saying that we must welcome the stranger. We are called to love our neighbour. Jesus told a parable about who is our neighbour; it is called 'The Good Samaritan.' Let us see Jesus in refugees.
Prayer. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Amen.