The first reading at Mass on Sunday, the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time, came from Israel’s Wisdom tradition. That tradition reflects on the business of human living. Those writings – for example Wisdom, Proverbs, Ecclesiasticus… – contain some passages that sometimes seem indistinguishable from a down-to-earth sort of good advice. Yet it comes from the practice of pondering on the ways of God as well as the ways of men. And sometimes, as in the passage this week, the two run into the other. We are urged to act in a particular way not just because it is a good way to be human, but because it is a way close to the Lord’s own heart.
My son, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be better loved than a lavish giver.
The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour…
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