The Twelve Apostles of the New Jerusalem – JAMES, THE GREATER (the brother of John, the son of Zebedee)
James is one of the three disciples with an intimate relationship to Jesus. Together with Simon Peter and John, James accompanies Jesus onto the mountain when Jesus is transfigured. Peter, James and John are called aside by Jesus when Jesus goes away from the disciples to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. Peter, James and John do not yet have the capacity to remain conscious to bear witness as apostles and fall asleep.
In being assigned tasks by the Christ who says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”, we could see James as having been given the task of revealing the way. The Camino de Santiago or the Way of St James, in Spain is evidence of this task. The Way leads to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (the Field of Stars of St James) in Galicia in north western Spain. His apostolate had taken him to Spain. It is believed that his body was taken to Spain after his beheading in Jerusalem and is buried at the site of the cathedral.
Although more is known of the lives of Simon Peter and of John, little is known of the life of James. The symbol depicting James in the attributed Coat of Arms is a triangle of three bivalve shells indicating that James was not alone, each shell representing a community of being.
The third Foundation Stone of the New Jerusalem is inscribed with his name, which is chalcedony or a sky-blue silicate stone with flecks of white, or cloud, within it. Chalcedony is linked to Capricorn. For the Sumerian people the half-goat, half-fish god represented in the goat-fish figure of Capricorn was Enki. Enki was their most important god associated with the creation, crafts, water and intelligence. They ascribed the design of the ear to Enki. Ears hear and this makes one intelligent. Chalcedony is linked with the soul quality of courage that must be transformed into a redemptive power to save and restore. As we enter into Passiontide, may we hear the message of James as he shows us the way to Him who at Easter saves humankind and restores Godhead to Man.
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