Welcoming others means welcoming God in person!

Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

This is in a nutshell the core message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2016, written by Pope Francis, for this special event which was celebrated throughout the Universal Church last Sunday on January 17.

Within the context of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy this year’s celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees necessarily has a special, if not, a compelling significance. As the Bull of Indiction for the Extraordinary Jubilee righty explains, “at times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives” (Misericordiae Vultus, 3). By welcoming the migrants and refugees we are witnessing to God’s Fatherly love that “is meant to reach out to each and every person”. If we have been experiencing God’s tenderly embrace ever since we were conceived in our mother’s womb who are we not to “become so many other open arms and embraces, enabling every person to feel loved like a child and ‘at home’ as part of the one human family”? Continue reading “Welcoming others means welcoming God in person!”