Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, when the message of Jesus Christ reached beyond the Jewish people, to even those who were “outsiders” to the message of the Messiah. The “Three Wisemen” represent those who were not part of the Abrahamic faith and they reveal that God has come to save them.
Today, in our community and in our state, there are people who are considered to be legally “outsiders” however, they are truly people of our spiritual family and have only experienced our country. I am speaking of the “Dreamers,” those people who are/were young immigrants, brought to the United States by their families when they were only children. Because they were young, it was not their conscious decision to enter the United States and this is the only community and country they have ever known. Because of their experience, the United States of America is home.
Mindful of the needs of these young people and inspired by the love of Jesus Christ, the bishops of Minnesota are encouraging all of us to support the Dream Act of 2017 which opens up a path to citizenship for the “Dreamers”. You can contact your representatives via email or a postcard. All of the information can be found on our parish website under the “Useful Links” tab and the “Archdiocesan Announcements” link along with a video from Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens.
Through the intercession of the Holy Family, who were migrants themselves, let us ask our Lord to be with all
migrants, that they may find safe passage and a loving community.
Fr. Nels Gjengdahl