Is this an appropriate Scripture reading for the 3rd Sunday of Advent – a Sunday that focuses on joy? One look at the broader passage (James 5:1-15) reveals that James is writing to people who have many troubles. The rich have kept the wages of the labourers back by fraud (verse 4) and some have even been condemned and killed (verse 6). Others are suffering (verse 13) or are sick (verse 14). So it is not strange that James has to admonish them not to grumble (verse 9).
To think about (or discuss): How can we help people who suffer in this time of Advent to find patience, steadfastness and joy?