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Today’s Readings – Thursday of Week 7 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on James 5:1-6

James continues his attack on the greedy and the arrogant.  This time it is a warning against those who are already rich.  Their very wealth will turn against them in condemnation.  Those being attacked are not necessarily Christians, as there were not many rich among them in the early Church.  James warns these people to repent and weep for their coming misery.  The passage in general is similar to Old Testament declarations of judgement against unbelieving nations in books which are for the most part addressed to God’s people.

The wealth of the rich, like their clothes, will rot.  Their beautiful clothes (an ancient symbol of wealth) will become moth-eaten and even their gold and silver corrode.  And that corrosion will be a testimony against … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Wednesday of Week 7 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on James 4:13-17

‘Man proposes but God disposes.’  Linked with yesterday’s warnings about what can happen to us when we are driven by hedonism and greed is another about our combined arrogance, short-sightedness and presumption about the future.

The passage … Continue

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