Catholic Church leaders in Bangladesh held a workshop from February 10-12 to reflect on the phenomenon of migration and the concept of solidarity.
The activity, which was organized by the Episcopal Commission for Theological Concerns, aimed “to develop theological thinking” and deepen the knowledge of participants on migration.
Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi described the seminar as “a fruitful venture” for the local Church’s “theological concern.”
“The participants found it useful,” said the bishop, adding that “they have learned the method of theologizing.”
“They have committed themselves to look at things with the eyes of faith and to living a life inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Rozario.
Father Emmanuel K. Rozario, executive secretary of the commission, said the program was “very effective” because it “enhanced theological thinking.”
“Migration did not happen suddenly. It was in the very blessing of God after creation,” said the priest.
He said that from the historical perspective, migration is “the very nature and essence of the Church,” adding that the Bible “speaks the fact that God is always in favor of the migrants” and even commanded to safeguard their dignity, values, and right as human beings.
“This is our moral obligation,” said Father Rozario. “Theologically speaking from the creation perspective, God is the first migrant,” he said.
“Without migration, God would not be in the world. From the incarnation perspective, without the migration of the Word of God made flesh, Christ would not be one of us, and without the mission of the Holy Spirit, the migrants would not get the power and courage to move for a better place,” he said.
Father Rozario said the migrants are “not simply the image of God, but rather, the image of the Migrant God, and by welcoming the migrants one welcomes God who is present in them.”
“So the migration perspective inspires us to rethink our beliefs and to theologize accordingly,” he said.