As Bishop for the Missionary Diocese of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and as a follower of the Lord of mercy, Jesus Christ, I reject all calls to refuse Syrian refugees asylum. If we are to call ourselves a Christian country, let it be because of our expression of love towards those in need, regardless of their religion or nationality.
Here is what our Lord Jesus Christ has said concerning what God our Father wants from us: “go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’’ (Matthew 9:13), and in that same Holy Bible: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)
Remember also, those who fear the Lord and want to serve Him. Many will be “put…on trial…[and the Lord] will be quick to testify …against those who…deprive the foreigners among you of justice…” (Malachi 3:5)
12 ‘Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray?
13 In truth I tell you, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all.
14 Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.
28 ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, “My boy, go and work in the vineyard today.”
29 He answered, “I will not go,” but afterwards thought better of it and went.
30 The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, “Certainly, sir,” but did not go.
31 Which of the two did the father’s will?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘In truth I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came to you, showing the way of uprightness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in him.
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15 ‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
16 If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: whatever the misdemeanour, the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain the charge.
17 But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a gentile or a tax collector.
18 ‘In truth I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19 ‘In truth I tell you once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven.
20 For where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them.’