Daily Meditation for October 3, 2019

Fourteen hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ, Egyptians, Greeks and Hebrews established what today we might call immigration policies. By the year 511, it was by common agreement that asylum could be granted persons seeking refuge from prosecution for race, religion, nationality. By 1954, asylum was supported by the United Nation Document of Human Rights. The earliest articulation of asylum can be found in the Bible in the Book of Leviticus: “When an alien resident is with you in your land, do not mistreat such a one. You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you. You shall love the alien as yourself, for you too were once an alien.”

by Kathryn Casper, OSB