Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, October 25, 2017
(Catholic Charities is an example of God’s people letting “justice roll on like a river,” as Amos stated. This article shows how these people of faith actually live out their faith. The story is that of a young man, who had to leave his country for safety reasons.)
An Immigrant Pursues the Education That He Was Denied in Mali
At Create Young Adult Residences, a transitional housing program in Harlem for men 18 to 25, he lifted his pant leg to reveal blotchy pink skin. Pointing to a long dark line crossing his arm, he noted, “This is from a knife.” They are the scars of doing business at a market in Bamako, where he worked to support his mother in his father’s absence.
The housing center is affiliated with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, one of the eight organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund. Mr. Konate has been living there since May.
Before finding that stability, he would spend his spare time on a bench in Central Park, marveling at the gleaming Manhattan buildings and chatting with African pedicab drivers and other passers-by.
“I’d see these people in the park, and they were so happy,” he said. “And I’d think, I don’t even know what I’m going to eat today. And I’d ask myself, When am I going to be happy like them?”
His opportunity came one day when a stranger approached his bench. Inspired by his story, she promised to help him enroll in school.
On March 16, 2015, a Monday morning, he finally walked up the gray stone steps of Harlem Renaissance High School and pushed through the double doors.
Readings from the Prophet Amos for Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The following words are addressed to very religious people. However, God makes it clear that forms of religion without genuine action is something he hates. That is strong language we need to seriously consider.
Amos 5.21-24 – “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
Prayers for Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Dear God, may your people let justice roll on like a river and righteousness like a never-failing stream.