This week marks the celebration of National Migration Week in the Catholic Church in the United States, an opportunity for us to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. This special week helps draw our attention to the fact that our country is a nation built by immigrants and each of our families have a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past. It is a week to remember and advocate for those individuals and families who seek to secure for themselves a better life in our great land of opportunity.
I urge everyone to open their hearts to the needs of people today, to see the opportunities in front of us and to accompany those in difficult situations, remembering the words of the Old Testament, ‘You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’ (Leviticus 19:34).
Regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another. As we are called to respond to the many challenges of contemporary migration with generosity, promptness, wisdom and foresight, each according to their own abilities, may we all join together in prayer for those who seek a better life, working in solidarity with them to help achieve that goal.
Each year in our diocese we celebrate the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. This is the 105th year the Church observes this special day of prayer for those seeking safety and a better life. The celebration this year will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the 11:00 a. m. Mass at Our Lady of Peace Church located at 12601 Shaker Blvd. in Cleveland. All are welcome to join in this celebration.