Thought of the Day July 25, 2016

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This is the Feast of St. James, the brother of St. John. He was one of the first disciples to follow Jesus after the miraculous catch of fish. Though he was ambitious, envious and impetuous at times, in spite of the special privilege he had as one of the three intimate disciples of Jesus' circle, he also was the first of the Apostles to give witness to Jesus through martyrdom. What can we learn from his life? Though he wasn't perfect in his relationship with Jesus, his commitment was steadfast, not wavering at the point of giving his life for Jesus. Though he didn't understand all that Jesus was doing and expecting of him, though he probably questioned some of Jesus' actions and words, in the end he was faithful. What really counts are not our failures during the journey but the depth of our relationship with Jesus at the end of our life. The question, "Who do you say I am" is not a casual interest on the part of Jesus, but the most significant question we will face at that critical moment of life, death.

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