Wednesday, November 11, 2015
You shall love the alien as yourself
And if a resident alien dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The resident alien who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were resident aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
- Leviticus 19.33,34, St. Athanasius Academy Septuagint
We must not be taken aback by [the numbers of immigrants], but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Matthew 7:12).
- Pope Francis in his speech to the U.S. Congress