Wed 25 Jul, 2012
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Santiago, St. James
St. James the Elder by Rembrandt
Better known as a son of thunder, St. James the Greater is the brother of St. John the Evangelist. He was a fisherman before Jesus called him to lead others to a life of faith and love of God. James was one of the three disciples with Jesus on the mountain of Transfiguration as well as in the garden of Gethsemani.
James’s faith was deep and his passion for Christ great, sometimes so great that he had to learn how to moderate it and deal kindly with others.
James was apparently the first of the apostles to be martyred. “About that time King Herod laid hands upon some members of the church to harm them. He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also.” (Acts 12:1-3a)
Many of you have heard of and/or traveled the road to Compostela, Spain. This route is named in honor of St. James, which translates to Santiago in Spanish. Tradition holds that the cathedral is near the place that the body of St. James was secretly laid to rest. He is the patron saint of Spain, veterinarians, equestrians and blacksmiths.
Today we honor St. James for his faith and his life that proclaimed the gospel. He loved the Lord fiercely. May we too give up all and follow our Savior to the cross and beyond.