Jesus Was a Migrant

In stock

A biblically grounded presentation of the value of migrants, immigrants, and refugees to each and all of us.

The Bible is rich in powerful stories of migrants.  The children of Israel were migrants.  Jesus was a migrant.  The world is filled with migrants and refugees whose dramatic stories are impossible to ignore.  America is a country of immigrants.  Deirdre Cornell shares her personal experiences and gets to the heart of the matter when she writes:

Human mobility certainly entails sacrifice.  Migration has caused--and been caused by--tremendous suffering.  But it has also served as a source of great blessing.

This is what being a migrant really means, what being a Christian means, and what migrants mean to the spiritual and material growth of a society that welcomes them.

"Not only about the outer journey of a people but also the inner journey of the soul.  Weaving together personal experience, pastoral theology and Christian spirituality, Cornell gives us a new way of seeing the migrant and a new way of understanding ourselves and our sojourn through this life." --Daniel G. Groody, CSC, author, Border of Death, Valley of Life

Deirdre Cornell lived in Mexico for three years as a Maryknoll lay missioner and has, with her husband Kenny, worked with migrant workers in upstate New York for many years.  She has written about her experiences in A Priceless View and American Madonna.

Book Details

Jesus Was a Migrant
Deirdre Cornell
File name Filesize
Jesus Was a Migrant Table of Contents 109 Kb
...makes biblical stories and faith practices come powerfully alive by reflecting on them through the lens of the painful and joyful experiences of the migrants she has accompanied and served for two decades.
...we would all do well to be reminded of the biblical injunction to love our neighbor and welcome the stranger - and to remember that as Christians we are followers of a man who, like so many of our brothers and sisters today, had no place to lay his head.
Orbis Books once again gives readers a heart-challenging read that radiates with truth, written with a compassionate eye. I encourage you to read Jesus Was A Migrant with a book club or Sunday school class where you can share a lively discussion.
Cornell brings the stories of migrants alive. I found many of the accounts touching. This book should provoke a compassionate and thoughtful response.
"The topic of migrants and migration is front and center in today's political conversation in the US. . . Near the end of the book Cornell writes, 'Once we acknowledge migration in the Bible as both a sociological reality and as a motherlode of spiritual metaphors, we enrich our own encounters with these sacred texts'..."
Write a review