Jul 25 (Feast of Saint James, the Apostle) 

Friends love to communicate often…

>> Close relationships always seek for intimacy and closeness.
This is our common understanding and experience with respect to Human Friendship. 

>> The same principle holds good for Divine Friendship too. 
The Lord loves us & seeks intimacy with us and we who love the Lord, also wish to be closer to Him! 

>> But do we really know what we are asking for, when we say, “ we want to be closer to Him”?
A mother ‘always’ (hopefully the word “always” still holds good in our society which is sadly losing many of the good-old values, with respect to traditional ideals and ethics) seeks for the good of her child. 
The Gospel of the Day, presents one such caring mother, who aspires and seeks the best for her children. 
The mother of Apostles James and John, requests the Lord to grant her children a privileged place in the Kingdom. 

>> In her tenderness and affection as a mother, she sought her children be always close to the Lord…
But the Lord replies…. “ You do not know what you are asking”!

Did she really know what it meant to be Close to the Lord? 

>> Do I really know what it means to be close to the Lord?

St James enjoyed a privileged place in the Band of the Apostles of Jesus. 

He was in the Core Group – one of the Three – Peter and John being the other two- who had the opportunity to be with the Lord in some of His special and extraordinary moments. 

>> Raising the dead daughter of Jairus… 

>> Transfiguration on the mountain top…. 

>> Moments of praying and agony in the Garden of Gethsemane…. 
James was indeed physically close to the Lord..

 

But the Lord today invites…

>> James and his brother John

>> Their mother

>> The disciples

>> and each one of us

… to really realize the meaning, of asking to be closer to Him

  

Being close to the Lord means: Making changes in our lifestyle and to be in accord with the Will of God!

>> Look at the lives of Mother Mary….St Joseph… St Paul… St  Peter…St Matthew
Being close to the Lord means: To get out of comfort zones & taking risks in life, for Christ’s sake! 

>> Look at the lives of the Good Samaritan…Nicodemus…Simon of Cyrene…
Being close to the Lord means: Giving up a sinful life and amending our ways to seek for holiness! 

>> Look at the lives of Zacchaeus… the Woman caught in adultery… the Samaritan Woman,… the Good Thief…
Being close to the Lord means: Embracing sufferings that come our way, seeing the Providence of God! 

>> Look at the lives of Mother Mary……St John the Baptist….St Stephen…. St Paul…
In asking to be close to the Lord, we also say that…

…  Yes Lord, I will share in your cup of suffering. 

… Yes Lord, I will join you on the way of the Cross 

… Yes Lord, I will unite with your death on the Cross!

The mother of John and James realised this…

>> That’s why we find her….at the Foot of the Cross (Mt 27:56) 
She understood. 

>> She got close to Jesus. 

>> She remained till the end. 

>> She drank the Cup!

 
John also realised this…

>> That’s we find him, according to tradition…suffering during the Roman Persecution 
He understood. 

>> He got close to Jesus. 

>> He remained till the end. 

>> _He drank the Cup!
James also realised this…

>> That’s why we find him, killed by the sword…in witness to Christ, His Master (Acts 12:2) 
He understood. 

>> He got close to Jesus. 

>> He remained till the end. 

>> _He drank the Cup!

The Lord also promises…

>> He who shares my cup…also shares my Glory! 

>>  He who shares my cross..also shares my Rising!

The Apostle James, went close to the Lord..drank the Cup…and he shares in the Joy of the Lord 

Today, he intercedes and invites and beckons us…

>> To come closer to the Lord…

… and share in the Lord’s Joy and Glory!

Are we willing to be close… really close…

… to our Jesus, our Beloved Friend?

Wish you a Happy Feast of the Apostle James!

God Bless! _Live Jesus_!
– Fr Jijo Manjackal MSFS

 Bengaluru, India

One thought on “Jul 25 (Feast of Saint James, the Apostle) 

  1. Thank you very much Fr.Jijo and Happy Feast. vimal.ims

    On Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 9:08 PM, Reflection Capsules wrote:

    > Fr Jijo Manjackal MSFS posted: “Friends love to communicate often… >> > Close relationships always seek for intimacy and closeness. This is our > common understanding and experience with respect to Human Friendship. >> > The same principle holds good for Divine Friendship ” >

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