Thursday, May 19, 2016


In the first reading today St. James tells us that the workers who have not been justly paid, cry out to God and the cries

enter the ears of the Lord of Hosts (armies).

This notion is not new to St. James but is a central them throughout the Hebrew Scriptures 
Tzaak - the out cry, the cry that comes from the deepest part of your being

The word occurs 72 times beginning with the Book of Exodus when the children of Israel cried out to God because they are being held in slavery. 

What is as interesting is the fact that sometimes the people are not answered by God because they do not cry out to God from their hearts (Hosea 7:14)

What keeps us from crying out to God from our hearts? Pride? Do we see it as a sign of weakness? Are we afraid to open our hearts completely before God? 

Cry out to God all the earth!