October 25, 2011

Wednesday after the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

Lectionary

Morning - Ps.44, 1 Kings 18:25-46, James 2:1-13
Evening - Ps. 50, Job 18:5-21, Mt. 14:22

Commentary
James 2:1-13

It is not difficult to grasp the meaning of the words, "have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons." Nor it is difficult to grasp the fact that the Church often, maybe, usually holds the faith with respect of persons. The Love of Christ is for all. The call of the Gospel, and its offer of forgiveness is for all. Nationality, gender, race, and, especially, money, mean nothing to Christ. In His eyes we are all poor, sick, and dirty until we come to Him for riches, health, and cleansing in our souls. "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Mt. 5:3).

Quite obviously, not all wealthy people are wicked oppressors, and not all poor people are Godly. James is not saying they are. He is saying that our concern, as the Church, is for all people alike. There is a saying, "The ground is level at the foot of the cross." It is also level in the Church. If we create distinctions, it is we who err (2:9-13).

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