Meditation – 14th January 2018

The Deep End – Come and See
Today is the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees,
and this year’s theme is ‘Welcoming, protecting,
promoting and integrating migrants and refugees’.
In his message to mark the day, Pope Francis spoke
of our responsibility, as individuals, communities and
Church, to welcome everyone, particularly those who
have been forced to leave their home in search of a better
future.
‘Every strange who knocks at our door is an opportunity
for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the
welcomed and rejected strangers of every age… This is a
great responsibility, which the Church intends to share
with all believers and men and women of good will, who
are called to respond to the many challenges of
contemporary migration with generosity, promptness,
wisdom and foresight, each according to their own
abilities.’
Pope Francis has spoken often of our ‘brotherly
responsibility’ towards our fellow human beings, and how
our welcome ought to be a response to the Lord’s
supreme commandment to love the other, the stranger, as
ourselves. We all have opportunities to do this in our
communities.
In today’s Gospel Jesus invites the disciples to ‘come and
see’ where he lives. He welcomes them into his home
and they stay with him for the rest of the day. The
example of Jesus encourages us to be welcoming, to
extend a warm invitation, and to spend time with others in
friendship.
Tríona Doherty