Wednesday, September 13, 2017

                                                   Where Are You From?

Timothy W. Obrien wrote an article for the August 7th edition of America entitled: The Discomforts of Home.  He says: “For migrants and Christians alike, the question ‘Where are you from?’ is haunting and elusive.

This is what I think he means.  Refugees and migrants are caught between homelands.  If someone asks where they are from, what should they say?  Christians are caught between homelands too.  We have our eathly homeland, but we also have a heavenly one.  Sometimes it’s hard to pledge allegiance to both of them. 

Here is a case in point.  It is the issue of the ‘DACA’ children who were brought here by their parents when they were much younger.  For most of them, the USA is the only country they know.  So, where are they from?   

Pope Francis says that the treatment of the ‘DACA’ children is a ‘pro-life issue’.  That’s such a good way to see a common meeting place for our two homelands. 

Are there other ways that our heavenly and earthly homelands are in sync?  Can you name times when our two homelands are in conflict?

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