Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Trump Transforms Immigrant Caravans in Mexico Into Cause Célèbre
It has become a regular occurrence, particularly around the Easter holiday: scores or even hundreds of Central American migrants making their way north by foot and vehicle from southern Mexico. They include everyone from infants to the elderly, fleeing violence and poverty in their homelands.
They travel in large groups — the current is one of the largest at about 1,200 participants — in part for protection against the kidnappers, muggers and rapists that stalk the migrant trail, but also to draw more attention to their plight. Some have the United States in mind, but many are only thinking as far as a new home in Mexico.
Called “caravans,” most of the journeys, which date back at least five years, have moved forward with little fanfare, virtually unnoticed north of the border with the United States. But tweets by President Trump have suddenly turned the latest caravan into a major international incident and the most recent flash point in the politics of immigration in the United States.
In recent years, Mexico has become an increasingly attractive destination in its own right for Central Americans and others seeking sanctuary from economic hardship and violence in their home countries, even though advocates say the nation’s asylum program remains deeply flawed.
“We are trying — as Mexicans, as Americans — to find solutions,” said Mr. Mujica, a Mexican-American who holds dual citizenship.
(This article continues in the New York Times on-line.)
Readings from the Gospel of John for Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8.31-32).
The people who are in the caravan traveling through Mexico are desperate to live free from oppression and violence. Jesus does have the answer for the vulnerable and downtrodden of the earth. If people in power followed the direction of Jesus’ teachings, they would know the truth, be free, and help others to freedom.
The desperate people in the caravan will also know Jesus’ freedom as they follow his teachings. However, their struggle will clearly be more difficult than those who are living in the comfort of a typical American lifestyle.
The sad commentary on Jesus’ words is that powerful people opposed Jesus when he was on earth and have opposed his teachings for centuries.
What can people do? We can live our lives, directed by the teachings of Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we will know what is really real (the truth). We will be free and hopefully free enough to help others toward freedom.
Prayers for Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Dear God, we pray for desperate immigrants who are striving to obtain the life that most of us take for granted.