Fr. Paul promised that he would share some notes from the assembly he attended June 27-30, 2016. Here is the second installment.
Most of us know in our head that we came from immigrants who arrived here to lots of hostility, but it is easy to forget that in our daily lives. The focus of this talk was that there would be no Catholic Faith without migration.
First, God is the primordial migrant on the move. God “migrates” into the world, becoming human. Often migration happens because of need; God, on the other hand, migrated out of an abundance of love. Like a migrant, God is rooted in his homeland (divine) and in a new place as a stranger (human). Thus the divinity and humanity of Christ!
Jesus is the perfect image of God the Migrant:
The American Catholic Church would never have existed without migration. In fact, from the Church’s beginning in a small section of the Middle East, 8 large migrations have contributed to its existence in all corners of the globe, that is, the Church has been an “institutional migrant.” Dealing with migration, welcoming the stranger among us, is central to who and what we are as a Church.