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Today’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 speaks of the great uncertainties of life, our complete dependence on God, and the necessity of submitting totally to God’s will. All of these help one know and do what is right.  To disregard this is to live in pride and arrogance, and failure to do what is right is a sin.

James speaks to those who sit down to make great plans of how they are going to make a killing in business and walk off with large profits.  Whole lives can be built on such dreams.  But he pulls us up short:

Yet you do … Continue

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

Commentary on James 4:1-10

Strong words today from James.  He speaks about the origins of the conflicts and disputes that can tear communities apart.  He attributes it to inner “cravings” (Greek, hedonon), uncontrolled desires to have our pleasures fulfilled at any cost.  … Continue

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