In today’s first reading we are reminded that tomorrow is not promised to us, and that the good works that we intend to do may not be done if we fail to act now. In fact, James instructs us that if we procrastinate in doing the work of the Lord we are being sinful.
Come now, you who say,
“Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town,
spend a year there doing business, and make a profit”–
you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.
Instead you should say,
“If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.”
But now you are boasting in your arrogance.
All such boasting is evil.
So for one who knows the right thing to do
and does not do it, it is a sin.
So let us do the right thing, and do it now!