Wednesday, June 8, 2011
People With No Names - The Undocumented #86
The two chairs make me think about this wonderful thing that Father Don preached to us two weeks ago. He said, "En la mesa del Senor hay bastante espacia por todos" (At the table of the Lord, there is space for all.) My daughter just explained to me the idea of "The Social Contract", that she learned about in her philosophy class. It is an idea/agreement in society that "this is HOW it is, this is HOW WE DO THINGS, this is how we have ALWAYS done things. It may not be best for the dignity of every individual in society, it may not INCLUDE every individual in our society, but by and large the ruling majority is comfortable". Then, along comes a "Moral Hero" who says, "I am going to go against the prevailing social contract, in order to do what is right for individual dignity". (Think Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., the Freedom Riders, The Stonewall Insurrection) Today we have an opportunity to offer disenfranchised, undocumented people a seat at the table. We have an opportunity to treat immigrants with dignity and respect. We have an opportunity to lift them up in prayerful support...not so they become more like us...so they become fully who God means them to be.