22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: 2nd Reading

James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27

Dearest brothers and sisters:
   All good giving and every perfect gift is from above,
   coming down from the Father of lights,
   with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
He willed to give us birth by the word of truth
   that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
   and is able to save your souls.

Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this:
   to care for orphans and widows in their affliction
   and to keep oneself unstained by the world.