The Holy Family Were Refugees

Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent by FAN member and former board member, Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

This reflection was originally posted in our November 25th newsletter


As we begin our Advent journey this Sunday, I cannot help but think of the journey of the children, women and men forced to migrate. In September the number of migrants globally reached 272 million, outpacing the growth rate of the world’s population.

At the end of our Advent journey we look forward to the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Sometime during this Advent season, perhaps we could contemplate some of the experiences this baby Jesus would encounter would he be born on this earth some two thousand years later, in 2019. Being born in poverty there undoubtedly would be times when he would experience hunger and not have clean water to drink. He likely would receive minimal education, if any at all.

We know that the Holy Family fled to Egypt out of fear of the possibility that their son would be murdered. If born today that possibility still exists. Jesus would be one of the millions forced to migrate, leaving him vulnerable to being trafficked for sex and/or labor or the extraction of a body organ.

If the child Jesus and his family arrived at the southern border of the United States, he would be forced to live in a crowded and dangerous camp for refugees. If Jesus was one of the few migrants currently allowed to cross into the United States, it is possible that he would be separated from his parents and sent to live in an unsafe, crowded and unsanitary prison-like conditions.

We believe that every person is made in the image and likeness of God. How we treat any child, woman or man is how we treat Jesus. If we ignore or turn our back on the plight of the most vulnerable in our society, we ignore or turn our back on the image and likeness of God. As we begin our Advent journey, let us be more aware of how we encounter the image and likeness of God in each person we meet. Let us ask God to help us as we “walk in the paths” (Is 2:3) of the most vulnerable in our world.

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Member and Past Board Member

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