James’ Letter’s Message

Our first reading at Holy Mass today comes from the letter of the Apostle James.

How many of the twelve Apostles had the name James? We talked about this in the fall.

St James the Less El GrecoOne of the St. Jameses had a brother among the Apostles, namely…John.

The other James wrote the letter in the New Testament. He served as the first bishop of a very important city, the capital of the Holy Land…Jerusalem!

In his letter to us, St. James teaches us to have faith and put it into practice.

We believe in a good God, a God Who will help us when we ask Him to, Who will help us see the difference between right and wrong, and Who will give us the strength to do good.

When temptation comes—when we grow impatient, or angry, or cowardly, or deceitful, of self-indulgent—the Lord will help us overcome our weakness and act in the way that reflects who we really are, namely His beloved children.

What we have to do is pray. Spend time every day praying. When we pray regularly, the Lord trains us to love the right things.

Lord, help us to serve You faithfully! We want to get to heaven and love you forever. Give us the wisdom and strength to make the right choices, and build the right habits, that will lead us to the ultimate goal.

2 thoughts on “James’ Letter’s Message

  1. Father Mark,

    I “consider it all joy….”; but mostly, I refer to James as the “Everyday Book of Practical Christianity”. My favorite is “faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” [ no wonder Martin Luther wanted James gone from the Canon]. How balanced in its approach: I’ve read that, in the balance, Paul and James are not that far apart, that it’s more a matter of emphasis. That emphasis, in turn, might well have been a matter of the nature of the community they served, the condition in which the community found itself at the time, and that all-important distinction between “sales” and “operations.”

    Onward, Christian Soldiers! “‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
    Or close the wall up with our English dead!
    In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
    As modest stillness and humility:
    But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Then imitate the action of the tiger.’” [William Shakespeare, Henry V]

    We have a war going on; but there’s a balance to strike, between “modest stillness and humility”, and “the action of the tiger.” James shows us the way.

    In God we trust.



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