Despite the angel’s assurance of God’s favor, Our Blessed Mother experienced worry and fear.  As we listen to the Gospel accounts, we are moved by the courage and faith that Mary showed in those early years: traveling to Bethlehem, fleeing to Egypt, looking for Jesus when he remained in the temple.

Following a federal appeals court decision last week more than 300,000 undocumented immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan are likely to face revocation if the temporary protected status (TPS) that many have held for over two decades because of war, civil unrest, or natural disaster in their home countries.  These immigrants have established homes, married, raised families and pursued careers; they have become our neighbors who now face deportation and family separation

Let us pray to Mary to comfort these families and let us encourage our leaders to consider reforming immigration law to provide law abiding immigrants with TPS a path to citizenship.