In today’s first reading Moses explains what it means to “love and serve the LORD your God” with all our heart and all our soul. He tells us in very specific terms what the LORD our God asks of you and me. And it is not easy.
We are first asked to “circumcise” our hearts and no longer be “stiff-necked.” For starters, have an open heart and an open mind.
Moses then reminds us that the LORD our God “has no favorites, accepts no bribes; executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him.” And then he says, “So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.” (Each of us somewhere in our family background were aliens to this great country of ours.)
As we are so painfully aware, we have in this country — as in many countries throughout the world — an alien challenge: families trying to escape horrific conditions in their home countries. Take a moment to read about life in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Syria, Somalia, or perhaps even your own families’ country of origin.
Pope Francis has spoken often and eloquently on these challenges. Please check Migrants and Refugees: Witness and Hope available at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website.
The challenge of responding to thousands of people desperately seeking for their families a place of safety, job possibilities, education for their children, decent housing, etc. has no easy solutions, political or other. But we will never find a loving response without first doing what God asks of us: open our hearts to the alien, feed and clothe him (her).
May we find in our prayer today the heart and soul of the LORD our God.
Let us Pray
Dear Lord, open my heart to the cry of so many people near and far. I pray that they may find hope, be fed and clothed. Help me find ways to be the face of your compassion. (Based on a recent general audience address by Pope Francis.)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)