We are all very familiar with the letters of St. Paul. There are, of course, other writers in the New Testament who offer wonderful insights into our relationship with the Lord. One of the greatest is St. James, the author of today’s first reading.
Brothers and sisters:
We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.
We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;
perplexed, but not driven to despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed;
always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.
For we who live are constantly being given up to death
for the sake of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
Think about what it means that the life of Jesus in manifested in our body. Doesn’t that make us more aware of every thought we have and every action we undertake? We carry Christ within us. We have to dedicate ourselves to living in a way that reflects that he is there!