Pentecost +17 - Year B
James 3:13 - 4:3, 7-8a
Interesting how inversions cast an important light on on-going realities.
It is one thing to suggest that envy and selfish ambition come from within and purity and gentility are from some far off place.
It is quite another to posit that creation is good and that when we lose track of the elements of everyday life by fantasizing power, plotting wealth, and competing unfairly we are dealing with external idolatries.
If we were to stand this apology for external goodness on its head we may be able to end on a different note — Draw near to your created intention and gift and you draw near to G*D as well.