We are enjoying snippets from the Letter of James in our scripture readings at morning Mass this week. James, whoever he was and there are lots of theories on that subject, has two main themes, the praise of the poor and the dangers facing the rich, and the encouragement that faith without good works is meaningless. Pretty current themes in the life of Pope Francis.
But, in preaching to jewish converts, James is quick to point out their deficiencies.
Today, he hammers home the dangerous nature of the tongue and the damage that can be done by those who are not careful in the things they say and the tone they use. Clearly, there had been problems in the local communities and people had been hurt as a consequence. James is quick to point out the error of their ways.
Timely reminders, Heh!
So often, it is the ill thought out, off the cuff, remarks that cause the most damage. It is the times when we react to things, people and situations and don’t make a considered response. it is basically prejudice of the worst kind that causes the most damage.
If you can’t say something good, say nothing!!
Pretty good advice!
Just a thought!