Archive for October, 2013

Wednesday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – 1 Timothy 1:1-11

Share1 Timothy 1:1-11 “Teach no other doctrine.” “The purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart.” “The law is made for those who act contrary to sound doctrine.” These are the main thoughts St. Paul has in his heart as he instructs Timothy on how to lead a church. What strikes me from […]

October 8, 2013 | 2 Comments More

Tuesday of the 19th Sunday after Trinity – James 5:12-19

ShareJames 5:12-19 “Is anyone among you suffering?” – James 5:13 Is anyone among you, reading this, suffering? St. James has some wisdom from God for you today. The first thing James tells you to do is to pray.  Of course, you already knew this, but maybe you have become discouraged in your prayers.  Maybe God […]

October 7, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 19th Sunday after Trinity – James 4:13-5:11

ShareJames 4:13-5:11 Here come da Judge! I don’t know how many of you remember Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In from the late 60s and early 70s, but that TV show popularized the saying “Here come da Judge!” We might say that “Here come da Judge!” is James’ message this morning, for he says in verse 9 […]

October 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 4:1-12

ShareJames 4:1-12 In the beginning of Chapter 4, James unveils the lowest layer, the very foundation, of our spiritual warfare: it is the battle within each of us between pride and humility.  All throughout the Bible, the two paths a man may walk are presented in terms of a binary choice.  In Genesis 3, it […]

October 4, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of the 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 3

ShareJames 3 Now that James has taught about faith and works, belief and deeds, he turns his attention to our words.  What James has to say, though it is in keeping with the wisdom of the Old Testament and even if it is familiar, is startling. “The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.” […]

October 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 2:14-26

ShareJames 2:14-26 Sola Fide!  Faith alone!  That was one of the rallying cries made by the Protestant Reformers in the 16th century.  The slogan “faith alone” was particularly popularized by Martin Luther in his violent reaction to the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church. As a consequence, for some centuries now Protestants have been strongly […]

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Wednesday of 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 2:1-13

ShareJames 2:1-13 The human ability to pick and choose what we pay attention to is astonishing.  In terms of the never-ending torrent of sensory input that washes over us each day, it’s a good thing that we have this selectivity.  Sometimes it keeps us from being overwhelmed and distracted, and other times it makes us […]

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