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Fifth Sunday after Easter—17 May AD 2020
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“Brethren, be doers of the word,
and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

    The readings at Mass, this Sunday and last, as well as the readings in the Breviary all during this week, have been from the Epistle of St. James.  It is often called the “catholic” epistle in the sense that is universal;  written not to one particular community as most epistles are, but written for the Church at large.  Today we would call it an “encyclical” or an “apostolic letter.”  It was on the weekly reading guide on the Internet, but if you missed it, I hope you'll read it soon.[2]  It is only five chapters long.  It is important because it reads like a catechism of how to be a practical Catholic in the real world.

    It may be useful for me to give you a brief outline:

    In chapter 1, we learn that God will give us the things that are holy and useful for us, just as in today's Gospel.

    At times we will be tempted, but not beyond our means to resist    and resisting temptation is a means of gaining God's graces.

    There is no change in God, no imperfection, “no shadow of alteration.”

    True religion (in addition to faith and the worship of God) requires that we hold our tongue with our neighbor, and look after his needs.  We must refrain from immorality.  “We must be doers and not simply hearers of God's word.”

    Chapter 2 cautions us not to be “respecters of persons,” not treating one better than another because of wealth, power, or social position.

    “There is no faith without works.”  “The devils believe and tremble.”  We must do good where it is required, or chance losing our souls.  These are not the dead ritual works of the Old Law, but the life-giving works of charity of the New Testament.

    Chapter 3 cautions us about the terrible dangers of the tongue,  “a small fire which kindles great logs … and even great forests.”  A tiny member that can bless or curse.

    Avoid all bitterness, jealousy, and contention:  “Where there is envy and contention, there is inconstancy and every evil work.”  “The fruit of justice is sown in peace to those who make peace.”

    Chapter 4:  “You ask and you receive not, because you ask amiss.”  We can't ask for anything, and ask for it in Jesus name, if it is contrary to the will of God.  We must learn to conform our will to the will of God.  “Fiat voluntas tua    Thy will be done.”

    “Be humble in the sight of the Lord,” for “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.”  Pride yields sin.

    “Detract not one another.”  Not only must we not lie about one another—we must not even tell the truth about another if it will damage his reputation!

    “Life is a vapor that lasts but a while and then vanishes.”  Don't formulate long term and boastful plans:  “I'm gonna do this.  I'm gonna do that.”  Rather say, “if the Lord permits me the opportunity, I will make use of his graces in the matter.”

    Chapter 5:  Take nothing from another by fraud.  Gold and silver tarnish, clothing is eaten by the moths.  “Lay up treasure in heaven.”

    It is in St. James's epistle that we are exhorted to confession, and hear for the first time about Extreme Unction, the anointing of the sick:  “bring in the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven.”

    And the last promise that St. James make is this.  “He who causes a sinner to be brought back from his misguided way, will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.”  It is difficult to think of anything more meritorious that getting a sinner to return to God’s good graces!


“Every good gift comes down from the Father of Lights.”

“Be doers of the word, and not just hearers, deceiving yourselves!”


Dei via est íntegra


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