James 2:1-9 / Mark 8:27-33
James talks about favoritism: Do not show favoritism to the rich.
Ray Bradbury has a short story about five poverty-stricken young men. Being about the same size, build, and weight, they decide to pool their meager resources and buy a handsome suit of clothes. Then, on the weekends, they take turns wearing it an hour at a time. The story describes how much better they feel—and are treated by other people— when they wear the suit. People smile at them, talk to them, and treat them in such a way that their spirits soar like an eagle in the sky. The story makes us ponder the words of James in today’s reading: “‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ But if you treat people according to their outward appearance, you are guilty of sin.”