— The Lord’s Day —

Sunday of Ordinary Time - Week XXII

“He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” (James 1:18.)

Saint Bede the Venerable comments on this verse from today’s First Reading:

“God has changed us from being children of darkness into being children of light, not because of any merits of ours but by his own will, through the water of regeneration. But lest we should think that by “begetting” us in this way God has made us somehow a part of his own nature, James goes on to add that the result of the divine activity is that we have become “the first fruits of his creatures,” which means that we have been exalted over the rest of creation.” (Concerning the Epistle of James)

Pondering Jesus’ Word of Victory for this Sunday.

God of might,
giver of every good gift,
put into our hearts the love of Your Name,
so that, by deepening our sense of reverence,
You may nurture in us what is good and,
by Your watchful care,
keep safe what You have nurtured.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen