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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 20
New Testament Reading

James 3: 13–4:3, 7-8a

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.


Reflection on James 3: 13–4:3, 7-8a
by the Rev Tom Harries

A well-known saying of Mahatma Gandhi is that "there is enough for everyone's need but not enough for everyone's greed."

The competition for material goods which are perceived to be in too short supply leads inevitably to conflict. A good life however marked by adequate material possessions and enriched by meaningful contributions to the common good warm loving relationships is sustainable for all of humanity.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 20

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Proverbs 31: 10-31
New Testament Reading:
James 3: 16 4:6
James 3: 13 4:3, 7-8a
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The Rev Tom Harries was Co-Chair of MEESC (2005-present), rector of Holy Communion Episcopal Church, St. Peter, MN, and Total Ministry Mentor when he originally wrote his reflection in 2012. Tom and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Tom Harries or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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