“I bring you good news, a great joy for all the people: Today in the city of David is born to you a Savior.” (Lk 2:  10-11)

Last September when we commemorated the World Day of Migrants and Refugees with the theme “Towards an ever wider we,” we foreshadowed the sadness that breaks into Christmastide as we contemplate a world of exclusions. The contrast between a manger where we all fit in and we are saved, juxtaposed with the immense kilometers of desert lands where “there is no room” for the person who is different, the foreigner, because the subject is always “I” or a “we” with qualifiers such as the “nationals,” the “whites,” the “citizens,” the “legals,” those “born here”.

We can find all those excluded “we’s” among the innocents because no one is “guilty” of being born either here or there, or of seeking a more dignified, secure and happy life for his or her children…

“To contemplate the manger in isolation from the world around us would make Christmas into a lovely story that inspires warm feelings but robs us of the creative power of the Good News that the Incarnate Word wants to give us. The temptation is real.”[1]  

Wishing that the HOPE renewed in these days may accompany us on the way, we, the Spearheading Team, wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a NEW YEAR 2022 in which we will take serious steps in our lives, communities and apostolic works “towards an ever wider we.”

Mª José, Inés y Constanza.

[1] Cf. Letter of Pope Francis to the Bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, December 28, 2016