Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 25, 1963 · Page 19
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Bible Indicates Some Saints Not Saintly Gatesbufg ReqlstefrMoii. Gafesbura, 111. Thursday. Jufv 25. 19&3 I.E. By LMJti CASSELS United Preti International Th# wdfd "ttlnt" cofijuriss tip in most minds the image of a gentle, pious, unselfish person to whom goodness comes as naturally as breathing, But the Church calendar con* tains the names of many saints who just don't fit that stereotype. For example, Thursday, July 25 was the feast day of St. James the Great. The New Testament has quite a lot to say about this fellow. And it depicts him as a very ordinary human being, with a tendency to be vain, ambitious and hot-tern* pered. He was the son of a fisherman named Zebedee, who lived in the town of Capernaum, and operated a fleet of fishing boats on the Sea of Galilee. James had a brother named John and two close friends named Simon and Andrew, who worked with him in the fishing business. Monotony Was Broken The monotony of their lives was broken one day by the arrival in Capernaum of a young itinerant preacher names Jesus of Nazareth. When Jesus talked about God, he sounded like he was speaking from first-hand information, rather than quoting out of a book. He was the most alive and compelling person who had ever come to Capernaum, and the four young fishermen were greatly attracted to him. One day, Jesus walked down to QUALITY, Full-Bodied Tangy SPEAS f i 11 II riDbhthl OUR 75th YEAR VINEGAKS Be SPEASiflc... Always Ask for SPEAS the shore where the fouir fishermen were at work. "Follow me," he said, "And I will make you become fishers of men." James and his three friends didn't hestitate. They didn't tell Jesus they'd need a little time to wind up their business. They just dropped their nets and followed him. They were the first of the 12 Apostles. And they were destined to remain Jesus' closest friends and confidantes. Jesus seems to have had a particular affection for Simon, whom He renamed Peter, and for the two brothers, James and John. The New Testament records that He chose Peter, James and John to accompany him on several special occasions, including the last night in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He waited for His arrest and crucifixion. Didn't Change Immediately Close association with Jesus did not change James overnight into a gentle and unselfish soul. Once, when the people of a Samaritan village gave Jesus a discourteous reception, James lost his temper and wanted to call down fire from heaven to wipe out the whole village. Jesus rebuked James severely for this proposal, and reminded him that "the Son of Man came not to destroy men's lives but to save them." Later, to rub in the lesson with a little pointed humor, Jesus gave James a nickname: "Son of Thunder." On another occasion, James and m his brother went to Jestn privately, and tried to extract a promise that they would be given the top seats of honor—en his right hand and left hand—when He came to His throne. They were still thinking, as all of the Apostles persisted in doing despite Jesus' efforts to teach them Otherwise, that He had come as an earthly messiah or king. Jesus Rebuked James Again Jesus had to rebuke his friend, and as always, he used the occasion to teach a positive lesson. "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority among them," Jesus said. "But it shall not be so among you. Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve .... " It took Jfemes a long time to understand what it meant to be a disciple of Christ. 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