For John, BLUF: I just like the wisdom of Joshua son of Sirach. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is the First Reading for this Sunday,♠ Sir 35:12-14, 16-18.
The LORD is a God of justice,This is from the Book of Sirach, or sometimes called The Wisdom of Sirach, and also known as the Book of Ecclesiasticus (not to be confused with Ecclesiastes).
who knows no favorites.
Though not unduly partial toward 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.
The one who serves God willingly is heard;
his petition reaches the heavens.
The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;
it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,
judges justly and affirms the right,
and the Lord will not delay.
I like the point, made early on, that God "knowns no favorites." And, that he is "not unduly partial toward the weak". However, as the Psalm Reading say, "The Lord hears the cry of the poor".♥ But he hears the cry of each of us, as we seek him.
Regards — Cliff
♠ This is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Times.
♥ PS 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23.