Thank you to all the parishes who sent delegations to the Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants. We had 23 buses and well over 1,300 folks from Orange County who came together in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers. Follow us on Facebook to see more pictures from this and other events and information: facebook.com/lifejusticepeace, including another important opportunity for solidarity on August 13th (more below).
Coming before the two political party conventions, the Mass was a powerful reminder that we as a people of faith reject the choices so often made in a culture of death to solve human problems by scapegoating human persons. It was a powerful reminder that we are called to love and serve those at the margins, those who are vulnerable, and those whose life and dignity are threatened in the United States.
As this Sunday’s reading from Colossians reminds us,
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.
In Christ, we are called to know life and life abundant which is found in the God of Israel and Jesus Christ. We no longer have to be ruled by death or seek to solve problems by demanding the death of others. Whereas normally the claims of our death-demanding culture nail victims to the cross, on the cross of Jesus this violence is nailed and exposed as itself the lie.
Through the forgiveness of our sins and resurrection of the victim without revenge we can speak boldly and truthfully to the life, justice, and peace of God. To that end, Bishop Vann would like to invite you all to participate in the “Change and Action Solidarity March and Summit” on Saturday, August 13. More details forthcoming, but we are partnering with Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine and many other faith communities to stand in solidarity against violence and for safe communities. Please consider sending a delegation from your parish to join in this event. We are hoping that our Catholic presence will be strong to witness to our commitment to racial justice and peace on our streets. Please contact our office to let us know about bringing a delegation. Also, in case you missed it, please read the OC Register Op-Ed “There is a love that casts out fear” by Bishop Vann and Pastor Whitlock. Let’s stand against fear and violence in the life and love of God.
– Greg Walgenbach, Director of Life, Justice & Peace, Diocese of Orange