On Loving Strangers: Encountering the Mystery of God in the Face of Migrants

Miguel H. Díaz

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/2009

Issue: The New Immigrants (Vol. 29, No 3, Summer, 2009)

Reaching out to the immigrant is, for Christians, more than an ethical duty; it partakes of the mystery of our encounter with God. To love the neighbor is to love God. To recognize God in the face of the other is to meet God sub contrario (in the opposite). To reflect on the risk-taking border crossings of human migrants offers a way to reconceive the mystery of the Trinity, of how God crosses over and welcomes us in Christ and the Spirit.

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