On the last day, Jesus will say: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?” (Mt:5:35-37).

Whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do unto me.

As Catholics, we have a lot of literature on social teachings defending the dignity of the human person, but what are we doing as individuals concerning the welfare of undocumented immigrants?

Currently, the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) is raiding cities, children are being separated from their parents, and refugee adults are incarcerated without sufficient food or clean facilities.

Many believe our immigration laws are broken, but how can we protect and advocate for those already here? I know we cannot change the law overnight to protect them, but as Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “Not everybody can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” That means praying and petitioning and pushing our elected officials to enact laws for the common good of humanity.

This weekend in our readings we hear about Abraham welcoming strangers, who in return brought blessings to him. In the gospel, Martha welcomed Jesus, who taught her to have a balance in life.

We are all one body. If one part suffers, the whole suffers. I encourage you to visit the Catholic Relief Services website to learn how you can relieve the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters – www.crs.org.

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