Saturday, July 27, 2013

St. James: Daily Mass Homily--Thursday, July 25th, 2013

            “We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.”  The saints exemplify this passage from St. Paul in showing that everything good comes from God and that within our earthen bodies we hold a great treasure. 
            Today we celebrate the feast of St. James, the brother of John and one of Jesus’ closest disciples.  James followed through his promise to the Lord: “‘Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?’”  They said to him, ‘We can.’”  James didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk and was the first of the apostles martyred for the Lord.
            In giving being killed for the faith, James understood clearly that, while his earthen vessel was destroyed, the treasure within flourished.  Would that we had the courage to live—and die—like St. James.

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