God’s Message Is Always About Welcoming
December 28, 2018
By Sister Diane Guerin
Sister Diane Guerin is heading to the U.S./Mexico border this January. She shares this reflection on migration and the Christmas season in preparation for her trip and as a reminder of what the story of Jesus’ birth is truly about.
The voices of the angels singing “Glory to God in the Highest” was still echoing in Mary’s ears as she greeted the arrival of the Magi. Her heart was full of wonder and love as she gazed at her newborn child. What the future would hold remained a mystery whose unfolding would come with time.
It would not be long before another different and dangerous journey would begin. One can only imagine the desperation and fear that she and Joseph experienced when they learned that the life of their newborn child was in danger. They would have to flee immediately and return home by a different route. In an instant they were now refugees seeking safety and shelter as they set out on their journey.
How like the refugees making their way to the southern border of the United States! They, too, are fleeing oppressive governments, violence and the militarization of their countries. Refugees seeking safety and shelter, much like the fleeing Holy Family of Nazareth. How are they received?
God’s message is always about welcoming. It may not be the fleeing refugees at the border. It might well be someone you encounter everyday. Welcome and shelter go hand in hand like a loving gaze and an embrace. It is merely:
allowing someone to just “be”
no strings attached
to embrace or to let go
Gathering in and holding close
the offering of
Having experienced the awesomeness of welcome and shelter, I ask –how have I done the same for another?
May this season of joy find you welcomed and embraced by God’s infinite love. May gratitude impel you to reach out and offer welcome, safety and shelter to another, embracing them with the gift of love you have received.