“Be doers of the Word of God, not hearers only.”

James 1:22 

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

James 1:17-27 

Jesus, through his teaching—in action more than words—repeatedly challenges the stone-hearted conception of God’s law and trains his disciples, then and now, to live from their heart, where the essence of God’s law resides; which is summed up in the great commandment to love God and to love neighbour.

Throughout the Gospel accounts, we know that Jesus shocks the elders of the law, the scribes and the Pharisees and even his disciples, again and again; when they see him touching the leperous, the menstruating, the evil-possessed and the dead.

The word of God must be active and alive and not simply an unwavering assent to prescriptions as the Letter of James warns, “Be doers of the Word of God, not hearers only.”

We are quick to preach the Gospel and even to quote from the Word of God, but how ready are we to show our faith in our actions?

Maybe think of one thing you can do today that places your faith in action and is a concrete expression of your love for God and your neighbour.


Doer of the Word of God, send your Holy Spirit upon me to show me how I can help my neighbour in concrete ways that testify to your love for all.


Fr Ricardo da Silva SJ

Fr Ricardo da Silva SJ was born in Coimbra, Portugal and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. He had a career in marketing, communications and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007 and has studied communications (SA), philosophy (UK), theology (Brazil) and journalism (USA). He is passionate about liturgical music, communications, and ethics and takes delight in good company and food. He has ministered to a wide range of people in many different contexts, from the elderly to high school and university students, refugees, migrants and the homeless. He has just completed the foundational Master of Science degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

r.dasilva@jesuitinstitute.org.za @ricdssj
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