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dc.contributor.authorSchuler, Jeanneen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 178en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Footsteps of the Poor||Along the U.S. border with Mexico, a wall has been built. Deadlock over immigration gives rise to a high corrugated metal barrier that separates communities. On the U.S. side, little is said. The wall is blank and silent. Heat sensors and motion detectors keep people away. On the Mexican side, the metal surface is slowly being covered with drawings, names, epitaphs, slogans, sculpture, and murals. It is a memorial, a place of prayer, prophecy, and protest. Vivid images transform its stony gaze.|In piercing words, Isaiah warns the lofty city that ignores the poor streaming past its gates. That city will fall. John Steinbeck echoed Isaiah in describing the farmers who lost their land during the great depression and took to the highways in search of work. Economic forces tore through their lives like the tractors that knocked over their barns and houses, leaving behind big commercial operations without need for farm families. For Steinbeck, a society that pushes the poor into boxcars and shanty towns faces the wrath of judgment.|Economic forces are tearing round the world. Old ways of life are swept away by another kind of tsunami. Villages empty out as young people leave in search of work. Families break apart. Walls are built but cannot keep people safe from upheavals and trouble. We are connected in spite of mistrust or indifference. We will only make our way across this desert together.|Jesus calls us to build our lives on His lasting presence. When we hear the stories or see the faces, we have been told. It is time to take down the walls.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, December 4, 2008: 1st week in Advent.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSchuler, Jeanne A.en_US 1en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 26:1-6en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27aen_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 7:21, 24-27en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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