Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, July 28, 2017
Anthony Scaramucci’s Uncensored Rant: Foul Words and Threats to Have Priebus Fired
When Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, went on television on Thursday morning to compare himself and his adversary, Reince Priebus, the chief of staff, to Cain and Abel, it seemed to encapsulate the fratricidal nature of an administration riven by biblical rivalries. Cain, after all, killed Abel as they vied for God’s favor.
As it turned out, that was the cleaned-up version. In a vulgarity-laced telephone call with a New Yorker writer reported on the magazine’s website on Thursday evening, Mr. Scaramucci railed against Mr. Priebus and Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, both of whom opposed his hiring last week. He even vowed to get the chief of staff fired. “Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to resign very shortly,” Mr. Scaramucci said.
Readings from the Sermon on the Mount for Friday, July 28, 2017
We can’t complain about the darkness. The darkness does what it does best – killing, stealing, and destroying life. What is needed is light. Jesus tells his followers that they are the light that the world desperately needs.
Matthew 5.14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
The question before us is whether we will allow our addictions, our greed, our lust, our materialism and a myriad of other issues to keep the light from illuminating the darkness of world? Our prayer today is that we will live in such a way that light drives out the darkness of our world.
Prayers for Friday, July 28, 2017
Dear God, please help followers of Jesus to live in such a way that people around us see your character of love and grace.