The Favorite Bible Verses series has its first huge underdog.

Poor Saint James. Luther reportedly said his New Testament offering was an “epistle of straw.” (That tart comment was dropped from German Bible editions after 1522, by the way.) Anyway, the passage cited for the apostolic foundation of Anointing of the Sick takes its turn today:

Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.

Why is this passage an underdog? Two Easter verses share “home court” advantage. Our second entry from the Psalter was on our lips last weekend:

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.

And perhaps we’re still singing it today as the Easter Octave concludes and words of praise and thanksgiving still come easy to us.

And in the third corner, our Gospel entry takes us on the road to Emmaus:

Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?

Would that we could ask that question every time we encounter the Word of God. Polling has been pretty light so far, so pony up, click the little dot and let your choice be known.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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