WEDNESDAY THE TWENTY-FIFTH OF JULY, 2018
* James *
Great Spirit of the islands and countries, father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have seriously sinned in words, deeds, and thoughts. Forgive us, please, and gently guide us in the ways of peace and love. Teach us to be more caring and loving to our families and to others, and to be more responsible in the task committed to us. Amen.
( Prayer from Karibati, Micronesia )
LORD, who shall sit beside you, enthroned on either hand,
when clouds no longer hide you aid all thy faithful band?
Who drinks the cup of sorrow your father gave to you
beneath shadows of the morrow in dark Gethsemane?
Who on your passion thinking can find in loss a gain
and dare to meet unshrinking your baptism of pain?
0 Jesu, form within us your likeness clear and true;
by your example win us to suffer or to do.
This law itself fulfils, Christlike to Christ is nigh,
and where the Father wills, shall sit with Christ on high.
( William Romanis )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Today Saint Laika’s remembers Saint James. You would be easily forgiven for asking, "Which one?" The Saint Laika’s calendar remembers James three times in the year; today, the twenty-third of October and the first of May.
Today we are remembering James, the son of Zebedee, sometimes called Saint James the Greater. On the first of May, we remember James, the son of Alphaeus, also known as Saint James the Lesser, and on the twenty-third of October, we remember James of Jerusalem, also known as Saint James, the brother of the Lord. Since we know so little about any of these disciples, it’s important to tread gently.
James, the son of Zebedee, was one of the twelve apostles, the brother of the apostle John. He appears to be part of an inner circle of apostles, since the scriptures often mention that “Peter, James, and John,” were privy to special moments in Jesus’ story, such as his transfiguration on the mountain, his raising the dead girl to life and his agony in the garden.
James was the first of the apostles to be killed for his faith. The twelfth chapter of "The Book of Acts" mentions that he was killed somewhere around the year 42 AD.
There were early church traditions associating James the Greater with Spain. The Church of Saint James of Compostela became known as the burial site of James, and throughout the Middle Ages, it was one of the chief places of pilgrimage in all the western world.
Scripture. In 'The Book of Acts," chapter twelve, verses one and two we find this simple fact.
About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.
This was King Herod Agrippa I, grandson of King Herod, who met the Magi in "Matthew," chapter two.
... for peace in the world.
... for all who suffer persecution for their faith in our day.
... for all pilgrims, especially those in Compostela right now.
... for veterinarians, equestrians, tanners, pharmacists, travellers; for those living with rheumatism or arthritis; for all people and institutions who claim Saint James the Greater as their patron.
... for those seeking a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
... for the people of Puerto Rico, who celebrate their national day today.
... for those who are missing after the wildfires in Greece and for those who search for them. DETAILS
... for those killed or injured in the violence surrounding the election in Pakistan. DETAILS
... for children who have been excluded from school because of bad behaviour.
... for those throughout the world who are suffering from tuberculosis. DETAILS
... for people affected by Down's syndrome, that they may be fully included within society, and for the success of the World Down Syndrome Congress taking place in Glasgow from today. DETAILS
... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
From "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis:
On the one hand we must never imagine that our own unaided efforts can be relied on to carry us even through the next twenty-four hours as "decent" people. If God does not support us, not one of us is safe from some gross sin. On the other hand, no possible degree of holiness or heroism which has ever been recorded of the greatest saints is beyond what God is determined to produce in every one of us in the end. The job will not be completed in this life; but God means to get us as far as possible before death.
That is why we must not be surprised if we are in for a rough time. When a man turns to Christ and seems to be getting on pretty well (in the sense that some of his bad habits are now corrected) he often feels that it would now be natural if things went fairly smoothly. When troubles come along (illnesses, money troubles, new kinds of temptation) he is disappointed. These things, he feels, might have been necessary to rouse him and make him repent in his bad old days; but why now? Because God is forcing him on, or up, to a higher level: putting him into situations where he will have to be very much braver, or more patient, or more loving, than he ever dreamed of being before. It seems to us all unnecessary: but that is because we have not yet had the slightest notion of the tremendous thing God means to make of us.
Merciful God, whose holy apostle James, the son of Zebedee, leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your son Jesus Christ and followed him even to death: help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world, to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay; through Jesus Christ your son our lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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