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James 2:1, 4 My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? …Have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
Jesus was known for his impartiality; he treated all people as children of the living God, regardless of the value placed on them by either Roman or Jewish society. This is the Jesus in whom we believe, who emptied himself of pride and power and took the form of a slave. To believe in Jesus is to turn away from objectifying the children of God as a means to our pursuit of control.
Believing in Jesus compels us to love our neighbors—the whole world—as he loves us. This love is available to each and every one of us, and this life-changing news is to be shared with everyone—no matter what distinctions the world may make based on different criteria: socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender, beliefs, language, or politics.
Today the Church remembers Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, 651.