The old teaching that we learned in the book of James today has much more value than ever before. Take a few minutes to reflect on the topic
The book of James (1:27) in the Bible says in a very simple way: “Pure and undefiled religion before God is this: visit the orphans and widows in their tribulations, and keep oneself unspotted from this world.” .
For those of us who like to read the Scriptures, it is common to read a passage in the morning and throughout the day to think and reflect on what we have read; And so it happened to me for several days with this phrase from Santiago that I just quoted above.
I would like to share with you some of those personal reflections I made of the verse, with the hope that some of them can inspire you and help you make your days more enjoyable:
Pure and undefiled religion
Have you ever felt confused or overwhelmed by what is going on around you? So many voices and a moment later everything is division and confusion. Focusing on living the simple and pure precepts strengthens our belief and faith. Complicating things, making them more and more sophisticated, could distract us from what is really important.
It is said that a man found a beautiful pearl and such was his desire to want to show his wonderful possession to others, that he built a beautiful box to display it; but when placing it on the table, he thought the box was too simple and sought to embellish it even more. Soon, people were paying more attention to the box than to its contents. This is what happens when we lose sight of what is most important.
Visiting the orphans and widows
Acts of charity and being able to watch over those around us ennoble our hearts, purify our spirits and bring us closer to resembling God. “Visiting orphans and caring for widows” does not mean that we will only give our love and care in orphanages or retirement homes, anyone who is close to us can be that orphan or that widow who requires comfort and watch out.
Being attentive and ready to provide for those who have the least or lack of opportunities is one of the great ways to keep things simple and live pure religion.
In their tribulations
Taking time to visit the sick, accompanying someone to face the complex moments of life is to be in “the tribulations” of anyone, especially members of our family.
And keep unspotted
This simple phrase is the most forceful in the whole verse: keep ourselves without blemish, take care of ourselves from doing the wrong thing, the undue thing, from staining our lives with acts that are inappropriate for our condition and knowledge.
Everyone knows the challenges and challenges that they face privately, the things that we know we could do better for and for others, but especially for ourselves and our spiritual peace.
And that’s why, perhaps, the hardest part is mastering our own desires, our appetites and limiting our language, the cruel judgments we make on others and on ourselves.
The simple and clear verse of James gives us to think and want to do things in a better way. This week, for example, think of only one thing that you can do for orphans and widows, but above all to seek to remain unsullied in this world.