For the Christian, an understanding of immigration begins with Jesus. The Holy Family fled the country they called home, fleeing a massacre, fearing the violence and threats against their young son. What would our faith story be if Egypt had refused the Messiah at their border? Grounding ourselves in this understanding, it is imperative that Christians listen to the stories of the immigrant, care for those who are seeking a home, tend to the wounds they bear inside and out, and be the loving neighbor Jesus has charged us to be. Each immigrant who stands at our borders brings tremendous gifts and skills to make our country a better place and teaches us the richness of our diversity. Through the Latinx program for seminarians, these resources help open our minds and hearts to understanding the complexities and beauty in the lives of people who have migrated in and out of these lands for millennia. May they help us learn better ways to greet our new neighbors as we would greet Jesus and his family at our borders.
- Alyssa Stebbing, Diocese of Texas, MDiv class of 2022, Latinx Ministry Concentration