August 28, 2016
By Kristen Johnson
I’ve been reading quite a bit about refugees lately – watching documentaries too. Overwhelmingly, these people are fleeing desperate situations, and only want what everyone else wants….security for their families, jobs, food to eat, community, health, love, etc. And yet, whenever I look at the “comments” sections of various articles, all I ever see is negative rhetoric, racism, xenophobia, fear, and hate.
I read today on Huffington Post (and interestingly, not on any of my other “major” news websites) that refugees in Italy have been volunteering to give up their personal allowances daily funds, and their time to assist clear-up work after the recent earthquake. Asylum seekers in Italy are so grateful for the generosity of Italians that they are giving back to help their host country. Sounds a whole lot like being and living the Church to me.
In spite of the hateful, fearful comments I see daily on any news postings having anything to do with refugees, this article warms my heart. It puts a face on refugees in one small part of the world, where people are people. They love and care for others just like the rest of us should do each and every day.
John 13:34-35 (NRSV): 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Thank you to these special refugees for showing me how to serve.
Serve all with love.
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