Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

  James 5:9-12 | Ps. 103:1-4, 8-12 | Mark 10:1-12

Today, Jesus is being challenged by the Pharisees concerning divorce.  Jesus upholds the law and tells them that what God joins together should not be put asunder.  James seems to give us some strong advice about how to live with others.  He suggests that we should remember that God is compassionate and merciful and so we should likewise be.  He also speaks against swearing.  We should be of such character that all will know we speak the truth and swearing is unnecessary.  Our “yes” should be a “yes” and our “no” should be a “no”.

Do you attempt to follow in the footsteps of Christ by being compassionate and merciful?

Do you speak the truth?  Does “yes” mean “yes” and “no” mean “no”?  If not, what do you need to do so that this becomes the case for you?  Remember it takes time for people to change the way they have seen and heard you.  Be consistent.

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