Daily Inspirations

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Daily Inspirations

Tuesday, July 25

Saint James

“Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”
They said to him, “We can.”
—MATTHEW 20:22

We know very little of St. James. He was the first to follow Jesus and the first to die, and once, scarcely knowing what he meant, he chimed in with his brother and said, “We can.” Now, pilgrims trudge five hundred miles down St. James’s Way and say to themselves, “We can, we can,” and try to believe it. And when they finally reach Compostela, Spain, a censor swings on silver ropes from the church ceiling, “the whole length of the church,” writes poet Anne Carson, “in great fuming swerves that carry our prayer up to God and drown the stench of new hearts as they burn below.” Thank God our church takes pity on our burning hearts and allows these grand displays, for they help us say “We can” and mean it.

2 Corinthians 4:7–15
Psalm 126:1bc–2ab,2cd–3,4–5,6
Matthew 20:20–28

Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.

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