This morning's NT reading is Romans 15.1-13. I picked up Kathy Grieb's book on Romans to see what she had to say about this. In her comments for reflection on page 134, she states of Paul:
He is in effect asking us, What difference does it make to you personally that Jesus Christ was crucified? What difference does it make to your community of faith? How would it change your concept of your neighbor to think of Christ's death on behalf of him or her? Can we also imagine the neighbors we have never seen as brothers and sisters for whom Christ died?
That brings to mind for me that we might not be so willing to label people as other and need to flee from them if we view them as people for whom Christ died.