Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Mike Pompeo, C.I.A. Director, Is Said to Meet With Kim Jong-un in North Korea
President Trump dispatched the C.I.A. director Mike Pompeo to North Korea to meet with its leader, Kim Jong-un, in recent weeks to lay the groundwork for a summit meeting between Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump, two people briefed on the secret trip said on Tuesday.
Mr. Trump alluded to Mr. Pompeo’s mission when he said on Tuesday afternoon that the United States was in direct talks with North Korea at “extremely high levels,” and that the White House was looking at five sites for a potential meeting of the two leaders.
The White House has used intelligence, rather than diplomatic channels, to communicate with North Korea, ever since last month, when Mr. Trump unexpectedly accepted Mr. Kim’s invitation to meet.
Mr. Pompeo, who is awaiting confirmation as secretary of state, has been dealing with North Korean representatives through a channel that runs between the C.I.A. and its North Korean counterpart, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, according to other officials. And he has been in close touch with the director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, Suh Hoon, who American officials said brokered Mr. Kim’s invitation to Mr. Trump.
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Readings from the Gospel of John for Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth . . .” (John 14.15-17).
A great international scholar wrote a book on the Holy Spirit. Much of the book was over my head, but one thought was life changing. He wrote, “Everything that Jesus was to his followers when he walked the earth, the Holy Spirit is to people today.”
In John’s Gospel, the Holy Spirit is called an “Advocate.” The Advocate is literally someone who is called alongside of us. Thus, he is a lawyer, advocating for us before the judge. He is a counselor, who comes alongside of us when we need direction. He is a comforter, who stands by our side in times of grief.
Prayers for Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Dear God, we are thankful for your work with North Korea and its neighbors.