October 27, 2013, First Reading

Sirach   35: 12-14, 16-18

35:12 Give to the Most High according to his gifts to you, and act with a good eye toward the creations of your hands.
35:13 For the Lord gives recompense, and he will repay you seven times as much.

Do not be willing to offer corrupt gifts. For he will not accept them.

35:16 The Lord will not accept favoritism against the poor, but he will heed the prayer of one who has been harmed.
35:17 He will not despise the prayers of the orphan, nor of the widow, if she utters a lamenting complaint.
35:18 Do a widow’s tears not run down her cheek? And will her outcry not cause their downfall?


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