Border Mass Homily – All Souls Day 2013 At the Fence in Anapra

Bp. Mark J. Seitz    Border Mass Homily – All Souls Day 2013 At the Fence in Anapra
November 2, 2013

First Reading – Wisdom 3: 1-9
Second Reading – I John 3: 14-16
Gospel – Matthew 25: 31-46

On this very special day, this “Day of the Dead”, All Souls Day, tradionally we remember all of those who came before us, all our family members, all our friends who have died.  But particularly for those of us who live in this border region, ¿how could we not remember a group of the dead whose number is growing daily—a group that consists of fathers and mothers, young people and children—the flower of Latin America, violated by many and dying in the desert?  In desperation they leave their families and their beloved countries and look for a better life.  Although our country, the United States, depends upn their work we do not permit them to enter.

They are like pawns in a worldwide game of chess—caught between the corruption and poverty of their nations, the gangs and cartels, the military and a society that wants their services, but doesn’t want them.  We remember today that because of the lack of action toward immigration reform many of our brothers and sisters are paying with their lives.

Today we are gathered here close to the fence, close to this symbol that is a reaction and not a worthy  answer from a nation founded on principles of universal human rights, a nation built by immigrants from all over the world, a nation founded on Christian principles of mutual love and compassion for all.

Gathered here with our brothers and sisters from Mexico we renew our commitment to never forget the sacrifice of those who have suffered due to unjust laws and our lack of compassion.  We return to our merciful Father who is always just and calls us to justice, mercy and love, and we ask that our societies and governments would implement solutions for immigrants that respects their human dignity.  We pray for an end to the violence and corruption that is destroying our communities.

More than anything we pray that those immigrants who have died in the middle of their pilgrimage in this world that they may experience very soon new life in a world in which no one suffers hunger or thirst, where no one is a foreigner, where all, as the dear ones of God, will partake in freedom at the table of the Lord in the Kingdom of God.


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