June 18

Reflection

 

According to the Bible this is what Jesus said:

And in that hour the disciples approached to join Jesus and they were saying, “Who is truly the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”  And Jesus called a boy and stood him in their midst.  And he said, “Truly I say to you, unless you will be converted and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”  “Whoever therefore humbles himself like this boy, he will be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”  “And whoever will receive one such as this boy, in my name, receives me.”  “And everyone who commits an offense against one of these little ones who believe in me, it were profitable for him that a donkey’s millstone would be hung around his neck and he be sunk in the depths of the sea.”
Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Prayer

Christ have mercy!

Action

Call Congress. Find out who represents you in Washington, and let them know you want the practice of family separation to end. Donate to legal and humanitarian efforts. Immigrants have no guarantee of legal representation as they pursue asylum or face deportation. Join protests. People are taking to the streets to register their outrage at this border policy. Vote. Please be sure to register and vote. Elections are ultimately the most important tool Americans have to seek change in how their government operates and the values it espouses.

Suggested Reading

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people,  but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:13-14 

For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Matthew 25:43-46.

For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported. I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved.
Richard Stearns

Click to read.     Seizing Children from their Parents at the Border is Immoral

 

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