People. Refugees are people. The poor are people. the hungry are people. “Illegal aliens” are people. Undocumented immigrants are people. Words like “refugee, poor, hungry, illegal (as if a person by nature of standing on the Earth may be deemed “illegal”), undocumented” are statements of under which these souls live, not an identification of who they are or their value as human beings. I have said it before: We must get beyond seeing others as “they,” and get to the point where we recognize them as “we,” and as we enter deeper into the Kingdom of Heaven and sense our being in the Mystical Body of Christ come to the realization that all others are “I.” Until that day, no peace can be known on an individual level or realized universally.
At times it seems not to matter which teaching of Jesus you consider. Any one of His teachings will answer all questions if seen with the eyes of the heart and a being of love. I had occasion to experience this in reading Luke 14: 16-24:
16 But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper and invited many. 17 And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come: for now all things are ready. 18 And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm and I must needs go out and see it. I pray thee, hold me excused. 19 And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen and I go to try them. I pray thee, hold me excused. 20 And another said: I have married a wife; and therefore I cannot come. 21 And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city; and bring in hither the poor and the feeble and the blind and the lame. 22 And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded; and yet there is room. 23 And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 But I say unto you that none of those men that were invited shall taste of my supper.
“All are welcome at My Father’s table,” says the Messiah.
Let us Pray:
O Lord, through the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I beg thee grant me the eyes to see thee in every person I encounter. I beg thee Lord, change my heart that all men may see thou in me. I ask this through Christ Our Lord.
May almighty God bless thee; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.