Birth by the Word of Truth

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22nd Sunday, based on James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sr. Mary Jeremiah is a contemplative nun of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin, Texas, USA. She teaches classes to the sisters in the monastery formation program. As a Councilor for the Association of Dominican Monasteries in North America, she is responsible for Formation, from initial to on-doing.