Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?
I love to go into churches, and if nobody is around, to sing a verse of a hymn very loudly. I pause to listen to the echo that fills the space. Sometimes the voice hangs for a several seconds before disappearing into the silence. I imagine what it would be like when every pew is filled with worshippers singing in faith and joy!
Take the chapter in James today and listen to it against the walls of your soul. Empty rooms make for more echo. Well, the same is true with the spiritual side of our lives. If we are empty of all our “stuff”—selfishness, mean thoughts, jealousies, thinking about how to get back to those who hurt us—there’ll be so much clutter within, that when God speaks, the sound will be muffled. It would be like someone trying to listen to another who has a pillow over his or her head!
James has ten questions for us. How we respond to these questions will depend upon how our souls echo with their sound. If there is nothing in you to stop the answers that James is looking for, then you will respond to these questions as joyfully and as wholeheartedly as does James himself.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Poor in the world—rich in faith v. 5
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the Second Week in Lent
Spring in the north. Year C
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament Letters.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…