Thursday, March 21, 2013
Confrontation with compassion: these two words describe the tone of the final chapter of the Letter of James. God’s love flows forth from the way James simply tells the truth.
Throughout the letter there have been various exhortations from James; the final chapter completes the list. Verse 14 unfolds the sacramental power of prayer for the sick and anointing with oil. “Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.”
John Wesley and the first Methodists knew of the joy of confessing to one another. What would it take you to find this spiritual discipline an attractive addition to your life in community, instead of a threat?
Patiently waiting for You v. 7
Deciding not to complain v. 9
The Lord is compassionate. v. 11
Prayer of faith saving the sick. v. 15
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in the menu above.
This is the Fifth Week in Lent, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
During Lent we read the letter of James.