Advent on the border

Advent is here at San Lucas and Cristo Rey. We light candles and prepare the way. In a border context with plenty of economic and political uncertainty, our Christian faith focuses us on the one thing that is certain—the welcoming love of God. This love enters our broken world in the form of Jesus.


San Lucas was featured in the December issue of The Lutheran, describing our celebration of Las Posadas. On December 20, in a sort of religious street theater, we will process around the neighborhood, reenacting Mary and Joseph’s journey to find lodging on the way to Bethlehem. We return to the church for celebration with champurrado, pozole, and piñatas, singing “Entren, santos peregrinos… (Enter, holy pilgrims…).”


I think of some of the santos peregrinos in our communities of faith:

  • Undocumented teenagers newly eligible for deferred action.
  • Maquiladora workers in Piedras Negras, laboring full-time in factories that produce car parts and household items, making 800 pesos per week (about $62).
  • Migrant families separated when a parent travels North for agricultural work.
  • Servant trip participants who come expecting to make a difference, yet they themselves receive hospitality and welcome from people here.


The ministry at San Lucas and Cristo Rey continues because of the generosity of so many individuals, congregations, and denominational structures. Thank you!



A major struggle in a mission setting like ours is the balance between charity and justice, between separation and solidarity. The Christians on the border are not objects or victims, but fellow citizens in the Reign of God. We are the Church together.


Financial support sustains us and is so important, but there are also many ways you can partner with the santos peregrinos of San Lucas and Cristo Rey:


My prayer this season is that the God of peace may enter our lives, transforming us with the promise of the love that crosses all sorts of borders.