The Very Rev Daniel P Richards speaks to the John and James text in the context of an American culture that is almost phobic about being sterile and clean. He speaks to how practices either religious or otherwise can overshadow our divine relationship and be reduced to being judgmental of people who do not act like us.
Revised Common Lectionary for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost:
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.