Pope Francis with Syrian Refugee Children
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 19:34 (NRSV)
It is one of the curious side effects of our information overload era that we can hear and see news and then almost immediately lose the source. This morning the CBC told me that Pope Francis spoke about refugees in the Vatican mass today -- or so I thought. I could find a piece about a man who created a replica of St. Peter's Basilica out of 36,000 tooth picks (see below), but nothing about the mass. Hmm.
Oh wait, there it is, from another source! Yes, Francis did address this important subject on the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. In his message he includes the verses above from the book of Leviticus and says that "In this regard, I wish to reaffirm that “our shared response may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate”.
Well, thank God for Pope Francis, especially in light of the disgusting comments from the president of the United States this past week. Trump wondered why America has to accept immigrants from "shit hole countries," words which shocked many, although some of his evangelical advisors remained silent about these crass and disdainful words from his cesspool mouth. They need to get back to the bible they idolize and embalm but do not allow to be a Living Word which speaks to the issues of the moment. In that regard Roman Catholic Francis is far more evangelical.
There is an RC packet of material for this day and it includes a statement of faith from Indonesia. Perhaps we can all read it and affirm its message for our own lives.