During this Advent season we prepare to welcome Christ into our hearts and world at Christmas.
Therefore, just as the shepherds actively sought out Christ among the strangers in Bethlehem on that first Christmas night, we seek out Christ among those on the margins of our community today.
Furthermore, since Christ, together with Mary and Joseph, became an immigrant family in Egypt during that first Christmas season, we try to recognize Him among the many immigrant families around us today.
Therefore, as an expression of our Advent efforts to welcome Christ who is already present in our midst as a stranger and as an immigrant, Columban missionaries invite you to observe Wednesday, December 11 as a day of fasting and prayer for comprehensive immigration reform.
We also request you to consider inviting friends, members of your faith community or parishioners to join with us on that day in promoting the dignity and rights of all Christ’s brothers and sisters.
Cardinal McCarrick and Archbishop Gomez have already lent their personal support to this expression of our shared Advent faith.
In addition to fasting and praying in solidarity with hundreds of other groups across the country and in Washington DC, you might also consider reaching out in friendship to an immigrant who lives nearby, or phoning your representative in congress requesting comprehensive immigration reform.
I pray that all of us will encounter Christ anew through our concern for the stranger and the immigrant during this Advent season.
Fr Tim Mulroy