First Sunday of Lent

February 14, 2016


Below you will find a reflection for today, the First Sunday of Lent 2016. We encourage you to share this reflection by forwarding this email to others who you think might appreciate it.

First Sunday of Lent
by B. Kwame Assenyoh, SVD

Here there is no difference between Jew and Greek; all have the same Creator, rich in mercy toward those who call. (Rom 10:12)

Peter Phan, a theology professor at Georgetown University, recently wrote that the early Christians continued to consider themselves as paroikoi, the Greek term for "foreigners", even after they had found a home among the settled Jews. As foreigners, Christians by nature are called not to settle, because settling would lead to spiritual death. Rather, led by their sense of being foreigners, Christians would find their own migration as a normal and healthy way to live, to grow and to survive; and they can, in turn, recognize and treat other migrants with the same compassion they have experienced. This year, we enter the First Week of Lent with the call to repent or renew our minds about the way we understand and act toward immigrants and migration into our country. Phan's point above helps us to see in our readings today why we should see migration as an essential phenomenon of the Christian life...

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In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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