Learn more about St. James: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=59
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072515.cfm
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.
So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we too believe and therefore speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.
We bear the treasure of God within us. What a beautiful reminder of Him who created us. Be a worthy vessel, bearing the life of Jesus in you. Are you worthy? I know I am not, but I strive daily to carry Him with honor and to give Him glory.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, what a beautiful gift you have given to us. Thank you and with the help of your Son, Jesus Christ, I will be worthy of this honor, Amen.
Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.