Sunday, July 25, 2010

Festival Of St James

Today is the festival of St James the apostle, disciple of Jesus and one of the earliest martyrs of the Church.

James and his brother John were both disciples of Jesus – along with Peter, Jesus’ closest circle – and were given by Jesus the nickname ‘Sons of Thunder’ most likely on account of their firey tempers: on one occasion, they asked whether they should call down fire from heaven to destroy an entire village, simply for not welcoming Jesus.

John survived his brother – and all the other disciples – living to an old age, when, awaiting his own death, he received a Revelation of heaven. And within his visions was the revelation that thunder is the sound of worship. Sons of Thunder: those who worship...

Lord, may the fire of our passion never grow dim,
but may our passion be conformed to your holy name,
that your kingdom would come and your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

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