Today we celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, and in 2021 it is focused on Towards An Ever Wider “We.” These migrants are part of our family, no matter what they suffer, whether they are victims of conflicts, humanitarian crises or even climate change, these people live in severe poverty and hope for a better life.
In his message for this day, Pope Francis recalls in his letter, “The Catholic faithful are called to work together, each in the midst of his or her own community, to make the Church become ever more inclusive as she carries out the mission entrusted to the Apostles by Jesus Christ: ‘As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment’” (Mt 10:7-8).
Furthermore, the Pope says, “The Lord will also demand of us an account of our work! In order to ensure the proper care of our common home, we must become a ‘we’ that is ever wider and more co-responsible, in the profound conviction that whatever good is done in our world is done for present and future generations.”
The Pope asks us to unite, in prayer and action, with the people who live this drama on a daily basis. From the example of St. Joseph, who took care of the Child and protected him from danger, Pope Francis challenges us to provide for those who have lost everything. We must recognize in them the face of Christ. May we give thanks to Jesus that we were able to serve and love him in these migrants and refugees.
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Portugal)