|St. James the Lesser|
Among the 12 Apostles called by Jesus, there were two named James. The first was one James, son of Zebedee. The other James is called “James the Lesser”, probably because he was younger than the other James. After Jesus ascended into heaven, James the Lesser was a great help to the Church. He was the first bishop of Jerusalem, and he wrote a very important letter that is now in our New Testament. He was stoned to death a few years after writing the letter because he was a follower of Christ.
The Epistle of James is packed with a lot of wisdom. James covers a lot of topics, but one of the most important questions he addresses is faith verses works. Some Christians thought they only had to believe in Jesus to be saved (some Christians still think that today!), but James explained that we must put our faith into action. Today, read the second chapter of James’ epistle. Then, memorize verse 26: For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.”