To the Border, “Desert Father” as Our Guide
Tomorrow I am headed to the Arizona/Mexico border for the first time, to what has become a bitter ground zero for our broken immigration system.
My traveling companion is Hispanic House of Studies director and Duke Divinity faculty member Edgardo Colon-Emeric. Our guide is Max Cisneros, the modern-day saint I called “Desert Father” after I met him last October at Duke. We may be walking the desert to offer hospitality. We will be crossing the border to see and learn.
“Throughout the abandoned places of America’s borders, a prophet walks toward a ‘new we’ among strangers and aliens as a living sign that the system is deeply broken—washing feet, clothing the naked, remembering the dead, offering water that others may live. It is time to walk and pray with our desert father.”
I didn’t expect that I’d ever be walking with him. Pray for us. Max told Edgardo, “Bring walking shoes. We may be driving late into the evening, sleeping under cacti, God alone knows.” Now this is a pilgrimage.
About the Author: Chris Rice is co-director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. He is author of Reconciling All Things, Grace Matters, and More Than Equals. His writes regularly at the blog Reconcilers with Chris Rice.
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