Fifth Sunday after Easter
Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (from today’s Lesson, James 1.22-27 – the Holy Catholic Douay-Rheims Bible): that is, he that doth the will of My Father Who Is in heaven (Mt. 7.21). The true Religion is a living of the divinely revealed Truth manifested with supernatural miracles (the motive of credibility missed by Islam and Protestantism which claim: by a book). Doers of the Word of Truth HEAR – not Protestant (BibleOnlySectarianism) READ: Faith cometh BY HEARING (Rom. 10.17).
If a man be hearer… and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass… forgetting what manner of man he was (v.23). In a glass, that is, a mirror. The Word of Truth, written or unwritten (the “paradoseis” or traditions of the NT Gk: 2 Thess. 2.14), is compared to a mirror for by presenting the ideal conduct meritorious of heaven, it reveals to the hearer his shortcomings, just as a mirror reveals one’s untidiness or facial blemishes [those resemblances still to the devil].
Religion [“threskeia” of the NT Gk: observance of ceremonial cult – the true Christian Religion is therefore the perpetuation unto perfection (cf., Heb. 9.11) of the OT with its appointed ritual worship by sacrifices on an altar; why the Apostle Saint Paul claimed: We have an ALTAR (Heb. 13.10)] clean and undefiled before God… (v.27). Thus the “BibleOnly” sectarians and those who claim ‘no-religion-but-only-personal-relationship-with-God’ are refuted – they did not understand what religion is in its external profession necessary to engage man in submitting also his corporeal/material nature to God’s absolute dominion!!
Religion clean and undefiled… to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: AND to KEEP ONESELF UNSPOTTED FROM THIS WORLD. (v.27). Thus the ‘convenient Christianity’ of ‘BibleOnly’ sectarians – ‘Protestantism’ – and the ‘convenient Catholic Religion’ – that is, the pseudo-Katoliko Church (cf., our post “The Year 1929“) or the ‘Novus Ordo’ of Vatican II – are condemned, cf., our post “Dead Men Walking“. Their ‘charity’ nothing but the ‘luv’ of a philanthropist.