Thus says the LORD: Do what is right and just. Rescue the victim from the hand of his oppressor. Do not wrong or oppress the resident alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. If you carry out these commands, kings who succeed to the throne of David will continue to enter the gates of this palace, riding in chariots or mounted on horses, with their ministers, and their people. But if you do not obey these commands, I swear by myself, says the LORD: this palace shall become rubble. Jeremiah 22:3-5
I ask for prayers in light of recent events in Mexico near the border town of Reynosa in San Fernando. 72 migrants making their way to the United States were gunned down by Zetas, a Mexican gang. The gang appeared to have demanded money from the group and also attempted to enlist them as members as the drug wars continue to escalate. When the migrants — all central and south americans — resisted, the gang opened fire.
Perhaps this is the time for the healthy debate on the legalization of marijuana that the Mexican bishop Jose Luiz Chavez Botello has called for:
For this reason, he called for qualified voices to be heard and to avoid having a caricature of a debate in which powerful individuals, groups or organizations seek their own interests, “without regard for the harm they cause others or society itself.”
Or perhaps it just means that the U.S. must take more seriously its own problem of demand. Either way, the blood of these migrants calls out from the ground. At least as their brothers and sisters in Christ we can offer prayers on their behalf.