Today we read the first chapter of the letter of James and one chapter of Ezekiel.
James 1 is more than any letter a bridge between the Old and the New Testament. It starts out with a greeting to the twelve tribes scattered abroad. It encourages to meet trials with joy, demands the rich to do good, love God under trials, to be swift to hear and slow to wrath, and above all. be doers and not hearers only of the word, for that is true religion – faith in action.
Ezekiel 26 is a devastating prophecy against Tyre.