Listening to today’s New Testament reading, I was struck by something new: how today’s Scripture and the past week or two have shown a quality of wisdom in the epistle of James. I poked around in the whole letter a bit later, and the introductory passage also suggested the author seemed well-acquainted with the Wisdom tradition of Judaism. Or the author discerned it in Jesus’ public ministry.
Anyway, what would you make of this assembly of James 1:5, 6, 3:13, 17 for a New Testament canticle?
Wisdom from above is full of mercy and good fruits. (from 3:17)
If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God,
who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly,
and it will be given you.
But ask in faith, never doubting,
for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
driven and tossed by the wind.
Who is wise and understanding among you?
Show by your good life that your works are done
with gentleness born of wisdom.
(W)isdom from above is first pure,
then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.