February 18, 2020

All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change. He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. (James 1:17-18)

The Letter of Saint James touches on practical aspects related to the Christian life. Today’s passage focuses on temptation (trial) in life. The author reminds us that temptation arises from the desires of the human heart, and states emphatically, “[God] himself tempts no one.”

Instead, God delights in sharing blessings of light, truth, beauty, and goodness with us. This powerful insight goes to the heart of the mystery of our salvation and rebirth in Jesus Christ. Called to do more than avoid temptation and sin, we are to live in the light, the truth, the beauty, and the goodness of God, in other words, in virtue and holiness.

Father Eymard believed that the Eucharist is the greatest help to such a life. On April 4, 1867, he wrote: “The Eucharist is the bread of the spirit. It is also the bread of life, the bread of the heart, the bread of love. It is the gift of God himself. . . It is the heavenly food by which the soul battens on God. It is above all the testament of God through which we find a) understanding of the law of love, b) the special grace to love, and c) the practice of love.”

Is there a particular virtue or grace that God is producing in your life now?

Let us pray:

I thank you, God, for calling me to live as your new creation. Through communion in the body and blood of your Son, lead me to ever greater holiness and freedom. Amen.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Anthony Schueller, SSS

Father Anthony Schueller is the Provincial Superior of the Province of Saint Ann of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the editor of Emmanuel.