Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – James 1:19-27
Grace, peace and mercy to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Today’s reading from the New Testament is an invitation to look into the mirror of our lives with intent. This may sound okay but you see, for me, I celebrate my birthday in a few weeks time. Unfortunately I’ve reached an age when as I approach my birthday, I don’t look forward to it quite as much as I used to. The excitement of anticipating what gift I might be lucky enough to receive has been replaced by the anxious looking into the mirror and remembering what used to be. My vanity allows me to think that I am not turning so grey, nor have I put on so much weight and maybe I’m still reasonably fit. Looking into the mirror intently reveals a reality I’m not always so comfortable with. God’s Word invites us to look not into a mirror which reflects us back to ourselves, but instead God draws us into himself so we see him and his will for us.
Heavenly Father, sanctify us in the truth, your Word is truth. Amen.