By Lorenza Andrade
Signs, signs and more signs at the March for America in Washington, D.C., captivated me as I remembered an epiphany of awareness. I've become aware that the immigration system of the United States is broken.
I remember witnessing those shackled in chains around their waists, linked to the shackles that gripped their hands together, moving slowly as the shackles around their ankles allowed it. I can still see those undocumented immigrant women pleading with the judge not to separate them from their children. The tension reminds me of the old justice system under which Christ was condemned.
Before Jesus' trial, he celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples, asking them to remember. Remember what? In the Gospel according to Luke, we read: "Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19, NRSV). Remember Jesus! Jesus began his ministry quoting the prophet Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18-19, NRSV).
We should remember Jesus' goal when he began his ministry. After the Last Supper was over, the Gospel of John says: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:34-35, NRSV). Remember the intention of Jesus' commandment.
Christ invites us to remember our call to action-a call that ultimately secures reconciliation. Society has yelled out "Crucify! Crucify!" to the Jesus found in the poor, the stranger, the Jesus in the undocumented immigrant.
--Rev. Lorenza Andrade, pastor at Westlawn UMC in San Antonio, Texas
el Intérprete, julio-agosto, 2010