In our reading today from II Corinthians, Saint Paul says,“For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus”. I heard a great talk from Fr. Dustin Boehm, VF, a couple days ago on this very topic, so I give him credit for inspiring parts of this. When we make any decision, big or small, according to Christ, we have to die. We have to die to ourselves and our earthly wants. Such as, if you chose to bring life into this earth or donate to your parish, you sacrifice earthly money. This is no more true than in James, whose feast is today, and the other apostles. They all gave up their entire lives in a matter of minutes to follow the Son of God. Just as Christ had to die on the cross before the joy of the resurrection, we must die to ourselves to receive joy in Christ. So, don’t be sad that we may have to give up some earthly pleasures, the joy and satisfaction of doing God’s will is much more than the earth could ever give us.