You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Today is Wednesday the 19 February, in the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time.
Bifrost Arts sing, 'Wisdom and Grace'. A you enter into a time of prayer today, become aware of the God of all wisdom, present with you now.
Today’s reading is from the Letter of James.
The very first line of this reading today is quite a challenging one! “Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger;” If someone were to describe your personality would any of these things be on their list..?
Have you ever used the phrase ‘practise what you preach’..? This is something that many of us sometimes fall short of... it is much easier to tell others what to do rather than look at ourselves. Take some time now to do that. Look at yourself, look deep inside yourself, and for a few moments be honest with yourself about what you find there...
As the reading is read a second time, what other word or phrase strikes you as something God might be saying specifically to you today.
Hold that word or phrase in your mind and heart before God today, you might want to talk to God about what it might mean or you might still be searching and want to talk to God about that search. Whatever it is, bring it before God with an honest and open heart.