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Mary and Joseph Flee to Egypt with the Child Jesus

Biblical Reading: Mt. 2: 13-15
When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

The flight to Egypt of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, reminds us of the day we left our homes to go to Canada hoping to provide a brighter future for our families. We remember the faces of our loved ones, the sadness of being separated from each other, not knowing when we shall see each other again.

Our parents, siblings, spouse and children embraced us tightly not wanting us to let go. We tried to overcome the sadness with the bright HOPE that this will allow us to provide a better future for them.

Many of us leave our homelands not as tourists but as domestic helpers, caregivers, workers for McDonald, Tim Horton, and agricultural workers. Some of us flee our countries due to war, poverty, lack of social, economic opportunities, political instability, corruption and uncertainties. As we look back to that day, we see many migrant workers who are now in the same situation we were years ago. Now as Christians let us work together to help our Migrant Brothers and Sisters find the love, joy and support in their new home in Canada.

Dear child Jesus, who in the company of Mary your blessed Mother and of Saint Joseph knew the trials of migration during your exile in Egypt. We pray for the countless migrant, refugee and displaced children who are so like you. May they find work, food and accommodation. May they be received everywhere with love and work in safe and healthy conditions. Lord Jesus, protect them from all danger and harm.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. Sigue leyendo