Feast of Saint James, apostle
I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord. (Gospel Antiphon, John 15:16)
Lord Jesus, the brothers James and John were among the earliest You called to follow You and became Your apostles, those sent to proclaim the Good News of life in You. James was first of the apostles to bear witness to the fullness of Your life through death as a martyr.
Nicknamed by You a "son of thunder", James progressed from calling down God's fury (Luke 9) to seeking a position of power (Matthew 20) to trust in trust in emptying himself in sacrifical love. May I grow, with him, to accept Your Kingdom in humble imitation of Your self-emptying love rather than an entitled reward for laying claim to Your name.
Saint James, pray for us.