Robert Gardner, read from the Book of Sirach
, and Charlotte Williams read from I Corinthians and I John.
At the same time, the Holy Father, recognizing with the Book of Sirach
those other types of opposites, good and evil, truth and falsehood, is quick to say, "Call sin by its name?
The author of the Old Testament Book of Sirach
(or Eccclesiasticus) knew a lot about human nature.
It consists of two distinct parts: a textual analysis of the book of Sirach
and an investigation of suffering and righteousness in Ben Sira's thought.
The Book of Sirach
is perhaps the best example of the proverbial wisdom of the ancient Mediterranean world on many topics, among them bringing up children.
Today's first reading is so short, that one might wish to consider hearing from the Apocryphal book of Sirach
for three reasons: first, the alternate reading is longer than the assigned two-verse reading from Proverbs.