Sunday’s first reading (Wisdom) is a warning. When we live out our relationship with God, some people will be drawn to us. But others will see us as a threat. How do we handle that?
We can try to deal with it on our own. Or we can do it God’s way.
By focusing on God – so we can let go, and let God handle it.
Which is the point of both the epistle (James) and the (Gospel). If we focus on God and our relationship with God, James lays out what comes from that focus. If God’s peace is you want, it’s there for you.
And the Gospel? It’s Jesus showing us how.