Monday, December 19, 2011

Sirach 4

Sir 4:1  Son, defraud not the poor of alms, and turn not away thy eyes from the poor.
Sir 4:2  Despise not the hungry soul: and provoke not the poor in his want.
Sir 4:3  Afflict not the heart of the needy, and defer not to gibe to him that is in distress.
Sir 4:4  Reject not the petition of the afflicted: and turn not away thy face from the needy.
Sir 4:5  Turn not away thy eyes from the poor for fear of anger: and leave not to them that ask of thee to curse thee behind thy back.
Sir 4:6  For the prayer of him that curseth thee in the bitterness of his soul, shall be heard, for he that made him will hear him.
Sir 4:7  Make thyself affable to the congregation of the poor, and humble thy soul to the ancient, and bow thy head to a great man.
Sir 4:8  Bow down thy ear cheerfully to the poor, and pay what thou owest, and answer him peaceable words with mildness.
Sir 4:9  Deliver him that suffereth wrong out of the hand of the proud: and be not fainthearted in thy soul.
Sir 4:10  In judging be merciful to the fatherless as a father, and as a husband to their mother.
Sir 4:11  And thou shalt be as the obedient son of the most High, and he will have mercy on thee more than a mother. 

These verses are aimed at how we treat the poor and afflicted.  God hears the cry of the poor, as stated multiple times.  We're called to look after those who need us, not those who don't.
For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry and fed thee: thirsty and gave thee drink? Or when did we see thee a stranger and took thee in? Or naked and covered thee? Or when did we see thee sick or in prison and came to thee? And the king answering shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.
(Mat 25:35-40)

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