The Way of St. James

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Today we celebrate the Feast of St. James. This James is the son of Zebedee and the brother of St. John the Apostle. He is often known as James “The Greater,” only because he is mentioned first (before the other James) in the listing of the Apostles. Our first reading is from 2 Corinthians 4. I hope you’ll take the time to read it. It is beautiful. The Gospel reading is from Matthew 20, where the mother of James and John asks Jesus if her two sons can sit at his right and left when he comes into his kingdom.

Tradition says that St. James went to Spain to preach after Pentecost. His remains are in the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims walk the Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James, each year, ending at the Cathedral. In art, James often bears the attributes of the pilgrim: hat, staff, gourd, and scallop shell.

Next month I will be blessed to walk the first half of the Camino - The Way. If we look at the life of St. James as a pilgrim, we should strive to walk that same path: leaving everything to follow Jesus and taking His message to wherever God calls us, willing to give our lives for the cause. May our pilgrim journey mirror St. James'. 

Father, guide us along our pilgrim journey as you did St. James. May we be willing to give all to you, through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Today's Readings


  • Patrice Burns: January 10, 2020

    My husband and I I planning a Camino trip for 2021.We would like to plan our own trip and not go thought a travel agency. We will do the same rout you recently completed.
    On your shows you talked about researching underwear and shoes-boots. Please share what worked best for you. It will save us a lot of time and money.
    Any advise on lodging, transportation, dining, what to carry, etc. would be appreciated
    Carpe diem,

  • Robin : January 02, 2019


    I would like information on the 2019 Camino trip.

    Thank you!

  • Raul: September 19, 2018

    I want to know how to download from siriusxm on-demand the whole series of Camino de Santiago broadcast since it’s not available now from siriusxm.

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