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Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels. (Hb 13:2, NABRE)

The topic in this comicstrip isn’t as much about “immigration” as it is about strangers and hospitality. The Bible tells us that we are not to neglect hospitality. There is a special reward for being hospitable because you never know the true identity of the stranger to whom you show kindness.

THE ISSUE …

The contemporary issue, of course, is migrants and immigration. But we’re not taking sides on building walls or even how we might change our immigration laws. Rather, we’re promoting kindness and love to strangers in the land (Lv 19:34). In the Kingdom of God, you can never go wrong loving others.

THE CAST OF CHARACTERS …

In this first comicstrip, the readers meet three supporting characters. There’s Schwarz, one of the three mice who appear regularly in the stories. Then there’s Albirdo, a migratory bird who regularly comes and goes. And finally, there’s Solomon the slithering serpent who is used to provide the kind of commentary that only an outsider can do.

THE SETTING AND THE ROCK …

Like most of our stories, this one takes place somewhere on the campus (grounds) of the Cathedral. It’s no accident that Schwarz is leaning on a rock, even as he treats Albirdo rudely. And the rock (the Rock), a permanent part of the Cathedral grounds, is a witness to all that happens in this story. By subtly introducing the rock as part of the campus, our hopes are that the readers will remain aware that our Lord Jesus, the Way and Truth and Life (Jn 14:6), is never very far from us.

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