My whole life, I have lived with mi familia separated by a river and a wall. Part of the familia lives de este lado while the other part lives del otro lado. As I thought of this I imagined and reflected on Jesus' own border reality in first century Nazareth. In a Kenotic journey that took him from heaven to earth, he became the model immigrant who spent his life in migration. In his childhood, political reasons and issues of safety made him and his familia migrants. His religion and desire to spread the Gospel led him to live in migration his whole adult life. His life was spent crossing borders from Nazereth to Bethlehem, from Palestine to Egypt and back, from Galilee to Jerusalem, from heaven to earth and back. He learned that border is just another word for walls of separation.
The wall that separated him and us from his eternal Father was a wall built of sin. The wall that separated Romans from Jews and pharisees from publicans are also walls built of sin. These are walls of sin that separate humans from God their father/mother and from each other as brothers and sisters the because walls that separate familias are sinful. Jesus in his death and resurrection opened the way for us to go to the Father and the Father to come to us. He ripped open the wall and taught us that Christians are called to tear down walls one brick at a time. And so everytime we realize and remember that the stranger del otro lado (on the other side of the wall) is also our familia, our sister and brother we take down another brick and cut open another chain link in the wall. This type of ripping open borders of working for reconciling and building up the human familia is the spiritual practice that as Christians we have learned from Jesus' kenotic migrations.
Que viva Cristo Rey!