June 24, 2020

James 1:26-27 “If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.  Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

Too often religion in our world has become nothing more than words, and all too often nothing more than a war of words.  We shout “our words” believing that the loudest word will win.   We use “our words” like weapons to demonize others.  We spin “our words” to create scapegoats in order that we might be justified.  And in the end James is right, most of these words, and the religion they produce, – are worthless.

James wants us to do more listening and less talking.  James wants us to listen with our hearts and respond not with words but with acts of love, with a religion that is pure and undefiled by those empty words.  He asks us to listen to the orphans and widows that are all around us, the ones who are suffering, the ones who are neglected, the ones who don’t belong, the ones who live on the margins of life.

James exhorts us to be generous in our giving, just as God has been generous to us.  James invites to live out of the waters of our baptism, the waters that name us and our neighbors as the beloved of God.   We have been touched by a gracious love; may our response be the same!

“Touched By Love”


Touched by love
I’ve been drenched in the waters that flow from above
Now I’m living wet, reaching out to the little ones
Touched by love
 
I see your face
In the least of these my brothers and sisters
I have found grace
Reaching out to find the kingdom
 
Touched by love
I’ve been drenched in the waters that flow from above
Now I’m living wet, reaching out to the little ones
Touched by love
 
I am alive
The waters of love are filled to overflowing
I am surprised
To find my life in simple giving
 
Touched by love
I’ve been drenched in the waters that flow from above
Now I’m living wet, reaching out to the little ones
Touched by love
 
Love one another
Watch the rain fall down from heaven
When we love one another
Fear lets go, it has no power
 
Touched by love
I’ve been drenched in the waters that flow from above
Now I’m living wet, reaching out to the little ones
Touched by love

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