Two open lectures this week.  Excellent.  Here is a report on the first.

We have been migrants since we left Africa.  We may live a lifetime in one place.  Our genes passed on after us travel onwards with the next generation.

We encounter otherness in the migrant: perhaps the other is someone to fear, or someone to use, or someone with which we can connect.  It is our choice to respond to the alien with a fortress mentality, or a hospitality of need.  Our levels of population mean that there is more migrants alive today than at any earlier point of past time.

Border patrol agents are human beings.  They can do their task of patrolling borders at risk of life, injury and well-being.  It is also true that migrants seeking a better life, security and work opportunities are people who practice faith and ideology, and have their families too.

People of faith associate natural rights with the likeness of god.  The question gets asked, Which part of the law don’t you understand? Usually the law of good conduct which is dictated by those who feel that native culture is under pressure.  (For native culture read “culture that broke out of Europe 400 years ago”!)  The longest migration that between the head and the heart and back again, between understanding and feeling, and creating spirituality which we can live by.

I found Dr Groody interesting when he started talking theology.  God is the ultimate migrant.  In the Christian incarnation god migrated to reconcile us and bring us back to the homeland.  The migrant is the image of god.  The inception of Jesus was illegal, announced to Mary, betraying marital fidelity.  Then Jesus invited everyone to his table, he rejected rejection.  (I really want to see a religious picture entitled Jesus Teaches His Disciples How to Party!)  We are connected to the human family.  The body of Christ is One, it crosses borders.

The spirit of the LORD is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour.