Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Matt 2:13 First Refugees

Matt 2:13
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him."

Jesus, Mary and Joseph were the first refugees of the Christian era.
Countless others were to share their fate later on.
Since the night when the angel woke Joseph and told him to flee to Egypt with the child and His mother, the world has been full of the hunted, the persecuted and the refugees in whom Christ begs for love and help.

And just as once the shepherds may have brought the Christ Child and His family food and just as there were kind hearted people here and there on the way to Egypt who took pity on the Holy Family, so it is now our task to help the persecuted Christ of today wherever He is suffering need in the least of His brothers.

Source: Fr Werefried van Straaten, founder of aid to the Church in Need

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