Wednesday, the 1st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Gregory of Nyssa
Readings for today’s Mass
A number of years ago and in response to the rhetoric in Washington and around the country about growing concerns over immigrants from the Caribbean and Central America, for political refugees from from the middle east, Africa and other parts of the world, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops proffered a campaign to recognise Christ in the migrant and the refugee, noting that the Holy Family was not unlike Immigrants and refugees today who are on the move looking for a better shot at a meaningful life for their families or fleeing from terror and persecution. It was the threat of terror that turned the Holy Family into refugees seeking escape in a foreign land from political violence. Even Christ was one of those.
Here is what the bishops noted in their landmark document on immigration, Strangers No Longer: Recalling the migration of the Chosen People from Egypt, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph themselves were refugees in Egypt. From this account, the Holy Family has become a figure with whom Christian migrants and refugees throughout the ages can identify, giving them hope and courage in hard times.
Here is what the Law of Moses had to say about it millenia ago, Leviticus 19:34:
You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt.
Keep this in mind as you wonder about keeping Christ in Christmas or keeping the Christmas spirit alive until next Advent. Mt. 25 is another good place to hang your hat.