Read: The advent of God into our midst is marked by events of healing, redemption, and joy – it is not an event to be scared of. Jesus proves the same by curing the deaf person and other miracles that bring relief to the suffering. We are invited to share in this healing of the world by caring for the inner substance of human beings, and not to be distracted by the external differences among them.
Reflect: The letter of James is a “how to” manual of the Gospel message: he translates the dynamics of the Kingdom into everyday living. Our ordinary tendency is to treat people based on their social standing and external achievements. How we sometimes bend over backwards to please folks with high social standing! The invitation of the Kingdom is to see beyond the peripherals and relate to the essence of everyone, an essence that is endowed with dignity and God’s own image.
Pray: Lord, help me relate to people not with the worldly standards, but with the Gospel standard.
Act: Converse with someone below your social rank, treating him/her with respect, dignity and equality.
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