We must be considerate of aliens.

Friday, 12/16/11
The first reading today brings up the matter of how we are to deal with aliens. Isaiah  was not discussing the offering of citizenship to foreigners, he was discussing welcoming them into our religion. That is a different matter, but there is enough similarity for it to have some bearing on what our conduct should be to immigrants. God is quoted as saying that if they keep the rules “Them I will bring to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer.”
On this subject we read how Moses cautioned the Israelites, saying, “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourself s in the land of Egypt.”
None of us were aliens in the land of Egypt, but when our ancestors arrived here by ship they took the Statue of Liberty at her word.
A few years ago I read the story of a teenaged girl from Ghana, who feared castration preparatory to being sold as a third wife to a wealthy Muslim. She stowed away, making her way to America where she thought she would be acceptable as one fleeing persecution. Jailed immediately she spent three years here in a series of prisons for such people. For sizable stretches she was in solitary confinement. As one in a million she got her story of Oprah, and was freed.
When highly Christian Politicians are being praised for similar tough measures one wonders if they would associate with the Good Samaritan

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