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"When did we see you a stranger and make you feel welcome?"

Matthew 25: 38

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Matthew 25: 31-46

The Judgment of the Nations. 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, 32 and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ 40 And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ 41 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ 44 Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ 45 He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ 46 And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

 
 

"Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me."

Matthew 25: 40

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WHO

Calling ALL Catholics in the Archdiocese of NY. Individuals and the Institution - In the pews, on the altar, in the bishop's seat, and in political office.

WHAT

Speak out Against the Persecution of immigrants, resist raids, and provide aid and sanctuary to those facing deportation.

WHEN

Every Friday in Lent (March 3 – April 7) from 5:15pm – 7pm

WHERE

The Steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral 5th Avenue between 50th & 51st Streets, Manhattan

WHY

It's time to follow the Gospel. Jesus instructs us in the Sermon on the Mount (MTTHW.25) : OUR FAILURE TO WELCOME THE STRANGER IS A FAILURE TO WELCOME CHRIST.

01.

Cardinal Dolan wrote in an Op-ed to the Daily News in 2015: “I take seriously the Bible’s teaching that we are to welcome the stranger, one of the most frequently mentioned moral imperatives in the Old and New Testament.”

02.

Pope Francis proclaimed in October 2016: “Dioceses, parishes, religious institutes, organizations and individual Christians: we are all called to welcome our brothers and sisters who are fleeing war, hunger, violence and cruel conditions of life.”

03.

On the night before the election (Nov 6, 2016), Pope Francis urged the defeat of “false prophets who exploit fear and desperation, who sell magic formulas of hatred and cruelty or selfish well-being and illusory security.” Pope Francis said that mercy is “much more effective than walls, iron bars, alarms and weapons.” 

04.

Politics is not the place for “anyone who is too attached to material things or to the mirror, those who love money, lavish banquets, sumptuous houses, refined clothes, luxury cars.” Seeking power or money “sullies the noble cause” of politics as service, the pope said.

We repent for our sins in this age.

We believe ...

  • in a gospel message of resisting systems of unchecked power and inflated senses of self-importance at the expense of others' lives

  • when a culture subjects communities and individuals to the margins through directed and systemic oppression, everyone involved is dehumanized and disconnected from the divinity of spirit pulsing through all-creation. Jesus of Nazareth, his mother, and early followers all understood our connection and responsibility to dismantle this divisive system through radical love and making the stranger feel welcome.

  • 21st century catholics are in large part responsible for the systemic oppression of historically marginalized groups in the United States (people of color, immigrants, people of Islamic faith, women, and people who identify as LGBT) through their own apathetic, negligent, and naive complacency or outright and explicit support of politicians who use narrow definitions of pro-life philosophies to fool voters and obscure their ultra-conservative and neo-fascist agendas.

  • Universally, catholics need to repent for these actions and resist individuals who and institutions that promote divisive, violent, and oppressive politics that have been allowed to co-opt our faith and commitment to solidarity in the "peaceable kin-dom".

We resist those who build off hate.

We are called to ...

  • remember and live out a gospel imploring us to welcome the stranger, find safe housing for those in need, insist on equitable labor opportunities, and build strong community through relationship.

  • exorcise the demons within ourselves and others that contradict the deliberate actions and lessons of Jesus, the refugee laborer.

  • resist a political agenda that excludes and detains people seeking refuge and work through immigration and asylum.

  • radically pick up prayers for conversion of our faith understanding that begs us to respond to xenophobia, racism, nationalism, and militarism.

We resolve to Make the stranger feel welcome..

Rather than ...

  • lay bricks of fear between us and our sisters and brothers, we must build the beloved community, the peaceable kin-dom.

  • allow the wave of intolerance to overwhelm the spirit, we must embrace a theology that demands acceptance and faith.

  • encourage exclusion and ego, we must examine our own involvement in a history of oppression built upon the backs of others' exploitation.

  • sink into the abyss of pessimism and complacency, we must embody the radical spirit of Christ through repentance, resistance, and resurrection.

 
 

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