Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, April 5th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, April 5, 2018

Inside an Immigrant Caravan: Women and Children, Fleeing Violence

With a sarcastic half-smile, Nikolle Contreras, 27, surveyed her fellow members of the Central American caravan, which President Trump has called dangerous and has used as a justification to send troops to the border.

More than 1,000 people, mostly women and children, waited patiently on Wednesday in the shade of trees and makeshift shelters in a rundown sports complex in this Mexican town, about 600 miles south of the border. They were tired, having slept and eaten poorly for more than a week. All were facing an uncertain future.

Mexican migration authorities were distributing transit permits that would either give the migrants 20 days to leave the country or 30 days to formally apply for legal immigration status in Mexico.

Irineo Mujica, Mexico director of People Without Borders, an advocacy group that is coordinating the caravan, called Mr. Trump’s Twitter attacks and promise of a militarized border “campaign craziness.”

“There are 300 kids and 400 women,” he said. “Babies with bibs and milk bottles, not armaments. How much of a threat can they be?”

(This article continues in the New York Times on-line.)

Readings from the Gospel of John for Thursday, April 5, 2018

A blind man, who was healed by Jesus was questioned about him. Religious authorities did not approve of Jesus and sought to discredit his loving service to the blind man. Their question was intended to place Jesus in a negative light.

The blind man responded to the authorities question with these words: “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see” (John 9.25). Jesus demonstrated his love by completely transforming this man’s life.

As we consider the immigrant caravan that is traveling through Mexico, there are some people who are demonstrating their love for those travelers. I can’t imagine how desperate people are, who would undertake such a journey. I admire the Mexican government who is attempting to help them with limited resources. I also admire the aid groups that are helping these people who hope for a better life.

Prayers for Thursday, April 5, 2018

Dear God, may we be extensions of your love today to the vulnerable people we encounter.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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