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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 8, 2015 | 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 […]

October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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 […]

October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 1:22-27

ShareJames 1:22-27 None of us likes people who say one thing and do another.  In fact, some of our harshest criticism is for those who not only sin or do what is wrong but also do it in violation of what they themselves proclaim. We have a word for such people: hypocrites. To some extent […]

October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 1:12-21

ShareJames 1:12-21 There is an incredible riddle hidden in the English translations of James 1, wrapped in the mystery of God’s wisdom, inside the enigma of the Greek language.  This riddle is why the Greek word peirasmos is translated “trial” in verse 2 but “temptation” in verses 12-14.  It is the same word, and yet […]

October 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 17th Sunday after Trinity – James 1:1-11

ShareJames 1:1-11             Et tu, James?  You, too, along with St. Paul are commanding me to rejoice in my trials? To which St. James replies simply: “Exactly.” I welcome the break from St. Paul’s weighty letters, hoping to catch a breather from his demanding gospel, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ and the apostolic […]

October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18

Share2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 I get upset when I hear of those who call themselves Christians and yet insist on their right to disobey God – and I’ll bet you do too.  As an Anglican, in the past few years I’ve heard a lot of self-professed Christians insist that homosexuality is not a sin – in […]

October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

Share2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 I had a long, hard day yesterday.  I wanted to wake up this morning and have somebody pat me on the back and say what a good boy I’ve been.  I wanted someone to fawn all over me. But no-o-o-o! Once again, St. Paul has to go and make it all about […]

September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Share2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 There are a number of interpretations of what St. Paul is referring to when he speaks of the Day of the Lord, the son of perdition, and other things.  To do justice to presenting my own understanding would detract from the devotional nature of these meditations, and yet it is necessary in […]

September 29, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of 17th Sunday after Trinity – 2 Thessalonians 1

Share2 Thessalonians 1 Today, class, we’re going to have a lesson in logic.  (Oops!  I’ve taught school for 25 years, and old habits die hard.) My twin brother Danny over the years has trained himself to think in syllogisms, which is an astounding feat, given the innate messiness and non-linear nature of the human brain.  What […]

September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More