Week 7: Thursday

“You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.” (James 5:5.)

In commenting on these verses from today’s First Reading, Saint John Chrysostom writes:

“What then? Has luxury been condemned? It certainly has — so why do you continue to strive for it? A man has made bread, but the excess has been trimmed away. A man has made wine, but the excess has been cut off there also. God desires that we should pray not for impure food but for souls set free from excess. For everything that God has created is good, and nothing which has been received with thanks is to be despised.” (Catena)

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, always pondering spiritual things,
we may carry out in both word and deed
that which is pleasing to you.
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