These words come from the book of Ecclesiasticus or the book of Sirach, and they speak directly to the man on the street, and his relationship towards the poor. If this bothers you on account of it coming from a “Catholic Bible” ? Please note that these books were included in the “King James Bible” for over two hundred years.
Son, defraud not the poor of alms, and turn not away thy eyes from the poor.
Despise not the hungry soul: and provoke not the poor in his want.
Afflict not the heart of the needy, and defer not to give to him that is in distress.
Reject not the petition of the afflicted: and turn not away thy face from the needy.
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.
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.
Make thyself affable to the congregation of the poor, and humble thy soul to the ancient, the bow thy head to the great man.
Bow down thy ear cheerfully to the poor, and pay what thou owest, and answer him with peaceable words with mildness.
Deliver him that suffereth wrong out of the hand of the proud: and be not fainthearted in thy soul.
In judging be merciful to the fatherless as a father, and as a husband to their mother.
And thou shalt be as the obedient son of the most High, and he will have mercy on thee more than a mother. – Sirach 4:1-11
Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee, thirsty, and have thee drink?
And 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. – Matthew 25: 37-40
I wonder if these are the same voices?
Is God the same yesterday, today and forever?
Or could man in his infinite wisdom change God!?
I don’t think so.
God bless you, and have mercy upon me.
Thank you for reading this blog.