"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?" (Mt 25:37-39)
Jesus will not be checking for "proper" documentation when he comes to judge the nations. He will, however, be checking our hearts and reviewing our concrete actions regarding the questions listed above. Without a doubt, he will also welcome to his table those whom the world considers "least."
In a recent press conference, Pope Francis went so far as to say that human mobility "finds its apex in Jesus the Savior, a foreigner in the world of men, who continues his work of salvation through the foreigners of today, migrants and refugees." Christ is the Foreigner of foreigners. Whatever we do--or don't do--for migrants and refugees, we do unto the Lord himself.
With this simple truth in mind, the U.S. Bishops are once again calling for meaningful and just immigration reform in our nation. This calendar of events provides a glimpse of initiatives during the next month--opportunities designed to help transform minds and hearts on this all too divisive issue. The "Justice for Immigrants" effort also includes a very straightforward postcard campaign, as a means of taking action on behalf of these modern-day "strangers" who are hungry and thirsty and often imprisoned.