Br. Nicholas BartoliIsaiah 30:18–21; 2 Corinthians 4:1–7; John 14:6–14

Today we celebrate the roles played by Saint Philip and Saint James as apostles to Jesus, although we don’t really have much to go on. In the case of James, he’s one of a number of James mentioned in the New Testament. The list includes James the son of Zebedee who was frequently mentioned alongside Peter; there’s James the Just, called “brother of the Lord,” who’s described as an important leader in Jerusalem; and then there’s James the writer of one of the New Testament letters. But the James we celebrate today isn’t any of them, and in fact, besides his being listed as an apostle, that’s the only  other thing we know about James, who he wasn’t. And so he winds up getting stuck with the somewhat inglorious title James the Less. Read More