A few months ago, a section of the Chicago Sun-Times Sunday edition bannered the headline "Promise of a new Dawn." The article that followed described a new model Rolls Royce with a starting price of $340,000. It's already sold out through the 2017 model year.
That machine, essentially nothing more than a combination of four tires, an engine, two doors, seats, a steering wheel, and gas and brake pedals, could easily stand in as today's equivalent of the ivory inlaid couches that made Amos cry out in grief and anger in today's first reading.
Today's Liturgy of the Word opens with Amos quoting God: "Woe to the complacent." Even with all the drama of hearing God shout, the last word is the key. The real tragedy Amos sees around him is complacency.