I stand in solidarity with the mother of the sons of Zebedee, James and John. We don’t know her name but we do know that she emerges from the shadows as an advocate for her sons, asking a favour of Jesus. For this she is often blamed when she is only doing what any mother does on a daily basis; she wants the best for her boys. She is only feeling what any mother would feel; she is proud of her sons’ friendship with Jesus and she wants them to make the most of it.
Wanting the best for another person is a topical tale. Many people welcome the lifting of most coronavirus restrictions whilst many others think the timing is wrong. Opinion is sharply divided and yet cautiously we must move forward together seeking the best not simply for ourself but for others too. A spirit of loving kindness is required as we balance everyone’s expectations and needs, whilst ensuring that our inclusive care for those who are vulnerable or anxious is never forgotten.
Today is the feast of St James. James aspired to greatness yet in the end he was martyred for his faith in Jesus Christ. In the words of the prayer for St James, he had to learn that greatness was to be found not ‘in the false attractions of the world’, rather through loving kindness and faithful service.
James is the patron saint of Spain. Traditionally it is thought that his remains are buried in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, a great place of international pilgrimage. As we continue our pilgrimage of life and of faith, may we resolve to serve one another with loving kindness in all that we do and say.
Rev Canon Nikki Arthy, Rector