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James speaks as a realist. He recognizes the specific hindrances that block our faith, and he calls them out for us. Ego and anger, James knows, are two serious impediments to doing God’s will. Today’s verses move from God’s action to the action expected of us. The author addresses the...

God, who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, we know your love comes through your grace. Help us learn how to manage our anger and how to surrender it to the hope that only you provide. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
August 27 – September 2, 2018
Scripture Overview

The poetry of Song of Solomon is thick with romantic imagery, and most scholars agree that these lines mean what they say on the surface; they are written from the author to the beloved. Psalm 45 echoes the refrain of admiration and desire. Such desire is not wrong if it is awakened at the proper time, as the author of Song of Solomon says elsewhere. James argues that ethical living is done not in word but in deed. True religion is not putting on a show but displaying mercy and controlling the tongue. Jesus rebukes some of the religious leaders in Mark on this very account because they talk of obedience to God but do not live it out. What we say and what we do should match.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Song of Solomon 2:8-13. The narrative poetry of Song of Solomon invites us into the Bible in a way that differs from other texts. How does God speak to you through this poetry?
• Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9. Intimate human love can reflect God’s love. How do your relationships honor the gift of love?
• James 1:17-27. How do you bring God’s love to those who need it?
• Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. Are you simply going through the motions of faith, or is your heart close to God?

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