What Should We Be Doing? – Br. David Allen

James 1:19-27

The Letter of James has been described as a sermon written in letter style.  Its style is hortatory. It tells us what we should be doing in order to be recognized as good Christians.

The portion of this letter designated as today’s first reading can be divided into three parts: The first part might be described as first of all recognizing the importance of careful listening and self control.  The second part asks us to translate our understanding of the Word of the Gospel into action in our daily lives.  In the third part it defines   the meaning of religion as being mindful of the needs of those in distress, especially widows and orphans, and keeping free of worldly attitudes and sinful thoughts and deeds. Read More