This Sunday marks the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In his Message for this year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis speaks to the theme of his message: ‘Building the future with migrants and refugees'. He speaks of God’s all-embracing inclusiveness: “No one must be excluded. God’s plan is essentially inclusive and gives priority to those living on the existential peripheries. Among them are many migrants and refugees, displaced persons, and victims of trafficking.” “Building the future with migrants and refugees,” says Pope Francis, “also means recognising and valuing how much each of them can contribute to the process of construction.” Pope Francis reminds us how, “History teaches us that the contribution of migrants and refugees has been fundamental to the social and economic growth of our societies. This continues to be true in our own day”. LORD, MAKE US BEARERS OF HOPE, so that where there is darkness, your light may shine, and where there is discouragement, confidence in the future may be reborn.
LORD, MAKE US INSTRUMENTS OF YOUR JUSTICE, so that where there is exclusion, fraternity may flourish, and where there is greed, a spirit of sharing may grow. LORD, MAKE US BUILDERS OF YOUR KINGDOM, together with migrants and refugees and with all who dwell on the peripheries.
LORD, LET US LEARN HOW BEAUTIFUL
IT IS TO LIVE TOGETHER AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS. Amen Pope Francis (Source: Columban Mission)