A reading from the Book of Sirach
(Chapter 35:12-14, 16-18)
Sirach is saying two things at the same time: “The Lord is a God of justice, who knows no favorites” and “Though not unduly partial to the weak, yet he hears the cry of the oppressed. The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan, nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.”
Widows and orphans were special people In Israel because of their lack of power and money. In our society, not all widows and orphans are impoverished, but many are. We need to support policies that help them in several ways, including financially, and if we know people who are impoverished widows or orphans or anyone else, let us reach out to them with a helping hand.
“The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” We need to be part of the Lord’s answer when we are able.