Who Is My Neighbor?

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus gives us a double commandment of love. Love God, and love your neighbor. When asked, "And who is my neighbor?," Jesus responds with the parable of the Prodigal Son. His message, of course, is that we cannot claim to love God and yet turn a blind eye to the suffering in our midst.  

Tracy and I experienced this in a powerful way as part of the Courts and Ports Program, in conjunction with the Texas Impact Board. We traveled to Brownsville and McAllen, TX, and Matamoros, MX, to observe the border crisis. In addition to attending federal mass arraignment proceedings in Brownsville, we assisted at a respite center and toured a sponsoring community called La Posada. As Congress continues to argue over $4.9 billion in border aid, we must ask ourselves, "Who is my neighbor?" Tracy and I will talk about our trip and show a video about our experiences at the border this Sunday, June 2nd, during the 9:00 a.m. formation hour. There will be plenty of time for Q & A, and brainstorming on ways Ascension can continue to address the refugee crisis.  We have always been a welcoming church. But the times, "they are a-changin'." We must challenge ourselves to even greater acts of service and charity in Christ's Name. Let's talk about it!

In the peace of Jesus,
Mother Marci+