Though Paul seems to have had a grudging relationship with James, the brother of our Lord, Eusebius, a fourth-century Christian historian, reports that he was known as “James the Just” because he lived a life marked by self-denial and devotion to God. Indeed, he was famous for having spent so much time praying in the temple that his knees had become as calloused as those of a camel.
This message is an excerpt from “Getting to Know James and Philip” by Mark Allan Powell in the May 2015 Gather magazine. Today we remember James of Jerusalem, martyr, who died around 62. It is the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost. The readings are Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22; Sirach 35:12-17 (alternate); Joel 2:23-32 (semicontinuous); Psalm 84:1-7; Psalm 65 (semicontinuous); 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14.
Please pray for the Women of the ELCA executive board as they begin traveling home from their fall board meeting today.
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