Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Seeking Posada for Immigration Reform
Mary and Joseph, back in their time, are like many immigrants we encounter today. They were simple, poor and hardworking. Since Jesus’ birth took place at the time of the Roman census, they were forced to leave their home and travel to Bethlehem to be counted. They were strangers who had to seek shelter and protection so Jesus would have a family, a home and a life. During their journey, our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph were rejected many times and suffered greatly. However, they did not give up. They trusted God and God took care of them.
On Friday, December 19, a faithful group of immigrant and native-born priests, religious sisters and brothers and lay leaders will participate in a Posada, a symbolic reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter that offers hope, justice and human dignity for all immigrants.
The ninth annual pilgrimage, sponsored by the Office for Immigrant Affairs of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will include prayers in gratitude for President Obama’s recent executive action that will defer deportation for potentially tens of thousands of immigrants, a first step in the journey for comprehensive immigration reform. Pilgrims will also pray for the 2015 passage of legislative reform that is compassionate and that effectively and permanently responds to the needs of families and the economy.
The Posada will begin at 7 a.m. outside the United States Center for Immigration Services, 101 West Congress Parkway in downtown Chicago. At 7:15 a.m., we will continue our journey with stops at the Metropolitan Correction Center, DePaul University and Federal Plaza. At each stop, we will hear testimonies and prayers from immigrants facing difficulties because of their immigration status. Pilgrims will join in song. The final stop will be St. Peter’s in the Loop, where the Franciscan community will welcome everyone and host a reception.
This Posada is an opportunity to be in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters who are seeking legislative shelter so their families can have a better future, without fear of being separated by deportation. People of good will, families throughout the world share the same sentiments and hopes for one another and especially for their children.
We hope you will consider beginning your day, this Friday, by joining with us in the Posada. More details on the Posada can be found in the Archdiocesan website.