“Throughout the world, let us be permanently in a state of mission,” said Pope Francis of his missionary vision that has been promoting since becoming Pope in 2013.
Pope Francis has said that charity is integral to the Church’s mission, and we are called to share it with the world, particularly to those in need. He said, “You are called to reach the peripheries of the human condition, to bring not your own capacities, but the Spirit of the Lord, ‘Father of the poor.’”
These statements particularly echo this week’s observation of National Migration Week (#NMW), as well as the Pope’s continued focus on mission.
The Pope also remind us that the Scripture says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
Let’s not forget that Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, were themselves refugees, once displaced in Bethlehem. They, like other migrants, knew what it felt like to have no place to call home. So, in solidarity with the migrant Holy Family, and with migrants and refugees everywhere, let us always strive to welcome strangers generously and justly.
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