“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
A protester holds a sign during an immigration protest in Murrieta, CA. Many people were blocking buses that were carrying young undocumented children to a detention center in the city. There were both pro- and anti-immigration supporters at this rally which started during the July 4th holiday weekend. We cannot let the discussion about compassionate immigration reform get lost in the debates about money or the letter of the law, rather we have to remember that it is about families, children, and people searching for a better life. It is ironic that the same weekend in which we are celebrating the “American Spirit,” there are people shouting for undocumented children to “Go home!.” At the bottom of the Statue of Liberty there is a poem by Emma Lazarus that reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.”
However, not only does Lady Liberty remind us that we are a nation of immigrants and that we should be compassionate and welcoming to those longing to come to the United States, but the Gospel of Matthew also reminds us to show compassion to strangers in Chapter 25, verse 35 when Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” We are called to uphold the human dignity of each person, documented or not, and to show love and compassion to all strangers.
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Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki
Shadow on the Rock by Daniel Barriegan, SJ
At Hiroshima there’s a museum,
and outside that museum there’s a rock,
and on that rock there’s a shadow.
That shadow is all that remains
of the human who stood there on August 6, 1945
when the nuclear age began.
In the most real sense of the word
that is the choice before us.
We shall either end the war and the nuclear arms race now
or we shall become Shadows on the Rock.
August 6th and 9th marked the 69th anniversary of the dropping of the nuclear bombs on two Japanese cities, and the beginning of the nuclear weapons age. We must not forget that we still live in the shadow of nuclear weapons.
To the left is a shadow left on a wall after the nuclear blast in Nagasaki.
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