Second Reading: James 3:16-4:3

A reading from the book of James.

Where there is jealousy and ambition, there is also disharmony and wickedness of every kind.  Whereas the wisdom from above is essentially something pure.  It makes for peace, and is kind and considerate.  It is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good.  Nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it.  Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.

Where do these conflicts and battles among you first start?  Is it not that they come from the desires that battle within you?  You desire something but don’t get it, so you are prepared to kill to get it.  You have ambitions that you cannot satisfy, so you fight to get your way by force.  The reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask.  And when you do pray and don’t get it, it is because you have not prayed properly.  You have prayed in order to indulge your own pleasures.

The Word of God recorded in the book of James.