Bishop O’Connell to Congregation: “Jesus Was a Divine Immigrant”
Bishop David O’Connell of Trenton told his congregation on Sunday that Jesus was a “Divine Immigrant.”
(What the h*ll is he talking about?)
Jesus was the “divine immigrant” who lived his life “traveling from place to place,” Bishop David O’Connell of Trenton told the congregation at a midday “Justice for Immigrants” Mass Oct. 11 at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral.
“Sacred Scripture tell us where he was from and what his ancestral lineage was,” the bishop said in his homily. “But nowhere in the Bible do we find his permanent address, the location of his house, where he lived after beginning his public ministry.
“He lived and worked as an immigrant, an itinerant preacher, on many levels,” the bishop added.
With comprehensive immigration reform a high priority for many groups across the country, Catholics from throughout the Trenton diocese came together to join O’Connell at the downtown cathedral to pray and show their solidarity on the issue. Some 20 priests of the diocese were concelebrants.
O’Connell spoke of how important it was for the Catholic church to provide people with an opportunity to pray for positive movement on immigration. The Mass was coordinated by Catholic Charities and the diocesan Office of Catholic Social Services.