James: When James says about trials, “count it pure joy”… I can’t help but think of Job whose response after a devastating loss said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked will I depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21). There is a Christian spirit of resignation to the will of God and I think it looks like this.
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
New Testament: James 1:2-8, 16-18
Old Testament: Leviticus 25:1-17