December 20, 2002


Jesus Was Seeking Asylum

The story of Jesus Christ, as narrated during the Christmas season, resonates with today’s immigrants as they flock to Los Estados Unidos (USA) seeking escape from the oppressive Rulers of their lands. They see the Holy family as asylum-seekers on the run from King Herod, who wishes to destroy Jesus Christ who had been heralded to become “The King of the Jews.Mary and Joseph were forced to flee Bethlehem with their son Jesus and seek asylum in Egypt after King Herod ordered the massacre of all Jewish boys two years old or younger.

Today’s immigrants are also seeking asylum in foreign lands. They are fleeing across America’s borders, seeking escape from brutal regimes so their families may have a chance to survive. They come seeking work, food, shelter and safety. They come believing in the goodness and Christianity of the American people. They come so that their families, may survive as Christ survived the wrath of King Herod.

The Migrants, who are living in encampments, celebrate the Paschal Season alone, separated from their families. They pray that God will hear their pleas and grant them and their families the peace and tranquility and unification that they have worked so hard for. The Indigenous nations of the American Continent were conquered and dehumanized by their conquerors, the Spaniards and Europeans. The Indigenous peoples were to be eliminated. The conquerors, not only wanted to massacre their first-born sons, they wanted to eliminate all the indigenous peoples!

As the story is told in the Christian books of faith, Jesus, his Father, Joseph and Mother Mary, survived. Jesus Christ became the Messiah! The migrants come to the United States where they hope their families could find peace, hope and Christian Charity and Faith. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, yet we Americans treat our brethren, from the South, as being out of the pale of “THE GOLDEN RULE.” On this day when we celebrate the Birth of Christ, let us remember:

“ Treat others the way you would have them treat you:
This sums up the law and the Prophets”.

This Christmas let us find room in our hearts for all those who come to America seeking what they can’t find in the land of their birth. Let us build our country on rock instead of sand least it be destryed by the slightest winds and rains that befall it and becomes totally ruined.

¡Feliz Navidad!

Merry Christmas!

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