Ms. Cornell interweaves all of these strands to create a rich tapestry. With vivid and penetrating pictures of the lives of today’s migrants in our own country, she leads us into their world and evokes compassion. Highlighting the various migrations of Jesus, she adds dimensions to the Gospel stories that are easily overlooked by those of us who are not personally involved with immigrants and/or are generations removed from the migrations of our own ancestors. Further enriching the narrative are the autobiographical snippets of Cornell’s own history and ministry.
Cornell’s book can be read alone in one sitting. Or it could serve as the basis for a study/retreat with a Bible at hand to check all those references that you’ve read every year without ever connecting them to migration or Eucharist or community. Better yet, make it the text for a study group where you can actually probe the depths of the packed sentences. However you choose to read Jesus Was A Migrant, your life will be surprisingly enriched.