SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SECOND READING

     My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes. and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

     Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones that are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?

     If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture,”Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adulterybut do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

      Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgmentwithout mercy willl be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

      What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way  faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:1-10, {11-13}, 14-17

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