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Holy Refugees and Exiles

by The Rev. Paula Jackson 04-23-2021

“Matthew pulls a refrain from Jewish scripture about God’s partiality to the oppressed. ‘Out of Egypt have I called my son.’ God sided with the slaves against Pharaoh. Now, God sides with refugees from terror and violence. This child will grow to adulthood. And at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus will tell us: ‘Not only the chosen people Israel, but every child seeking asylum, is God’s chosen. As you treat them, you treat God’s child.’”