What’s The Big Idea?

We recognize Christ in both those who migrate and those who welcome the stranger. The story of our faith is in many ways a story of migration. Abraham and Sarah crossed borders to find a new home; the Israelites sought refuge in Egypt and later fled from slavery to the promised land; Mary and Joseph left their home as refugees to avoid violence against their family. 

As the bishops of the US and Mexico together remind us, God calls for genuine communion and solidarity between those who migrate and the communities and nations which receive them.

Learn what else the US Bishops have to say in their pastoral letter, Welcoming The Stranger Among Us: Unity In Diversity.

How to Talk About It with Kids 

It can be difficult to move to a new neighborhood, city, or country where we don’t know many people. Sometimes we may look different than other people or speak a different language. In the Bible there are lots of stories about people having to go to another place, and these stories show us that God is always with us and loves us no matter where we are. They also teach us that God asks us to welcome people we don’t know or seem different than us. Our Bishops tell us that people need to come together and welcome each other. They help us understand that Jesus is in the person who needs to be welcomed and in the person who welcomes others.

As the bishops of the US and Mexico together remind us, God calls for genuine communion and solidarity between those who migrate and the communities and nations which receive them.