Today is Sunday the 26 September, beginning the 26th week of Ordinary time.
Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, sing the Magnificat from Rachmaninov’s Vespers…. Mary’s song about the God who casts the mighty from their thrones and raises up the lowly, who fills the starving with good things and sends the rich away empty, a God who has no regard for riches, for power and status, but looks to the heart.As I enter into prayer today, can I put everything else aside for a moment, and humbly offer my heart to the Lord?
Today’s reading is from the letter of James.
Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! The wages of the labourers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts on a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.
Why should the rich weep and wail? Do you think they deserve it?
What does it mean when he says, “your riches have rotted…your clothes are moth-eaten”? How do you react when you hear this?
Is it true that we have “lived on the earth in luxury and pleasure”? If so, what are we invited to do about it?
Now listen as the passage is read once more; ask yourself: “what is God saying to me here?”
Finally, see if you can sift through the (perhaps) many different feelings that this passage may have aroused in you, and try to turn them into a prayer to God.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.