The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Feast of St. James the Greater, Apostle, 25 July 2022 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 ><)))*> + ><)))*> + ><)))*> Matthew 20:20-28
Praise and glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ for your saint and apostle, James the Greater!
His martyrdom and holiness are testaments to your gentleness, Lord, for we are all earthen vessels keeping you, proclaiming you to all nations.
Brothers and sisters: We hold this treasure in earthen vessels that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.2 Corinthians 4:7-10
Despite his weaknesses in having a big ego as seen in many instances like when he his brother John told you to send fire to a Samaritan village that have refused you to pass through and making a request through their mother to be seated at your right later when you have established your kingdom, you never dismissed James as a hopeless case; instead, full of love and mercy, kindness and patience, you "handled him with so much care" by bringing him along during your transfiguration and agony in the garden; you let him experienced your gentleness and humility that after you have gone back in heaven, he became the first bishop of Jerusalem and because of that, the first among your Apostles to die like you, for you and your flock.
Dearest Jesus, please be patient with me, with my pride and arrogance; let me realize that I am nothing but like an earthen vessel, a claypot so privileged not because of my own merit but due to your own choosing to be a vessel of your love and mercy.
Thank you, Jesus, for taking care of me, for handling me with care the way you did with James the Greater and all the others saints who were all like us - sinful and weak but so loved and blessed by the Father in you. Amen.