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“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” –John 14:18
Jesus does not abandon his Church. Yet Christian representatives—parents, teachers, preachers, even bishops—may choose to speak as if some children of God are more beloved than others, or that some children might even be shunned by their Father. It’s vital to remember that Jesus leaves no orphans. There can be no lonely or distant corners of our community where “undesirable” members must sit or remain less fully Catholic than the rest of us. The tragically unjust era of racial segregation in our assembly is over, thanks be to God. We must not replace that sad legacy with a new kind of segregation based on language, politics, economics, sexuality, theological purity, or any other chosen and divisive factor.
Jesus says, “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him” (John 14:21). It’s a wonderfully simple statement. Love of God, and no other criteria, makes us eligible to stand in the assembly of God’s own.
How does your parish provide an atmosphere of welcome?
What signals do you send that “all are welcome in this place”?
Let us pray: Alleluia! Jesus is risen! The Church thrills to this message of consolation and hope. The limitations of sin and death no longer hold us hostage. Lord of life, we praise you for the confidence you place in us to move every mountain in your service. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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