Sue Whitt

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Name: Sue Whitt
Date registered: March 3, 2012

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  1. Sunday's Child: Sirach 26-28 — January 31, 2015
  2. Sunday's Child: Sirach 24-25 — January 30, 2015
  3. Sunday's Child: Sirach 20-23 — January 29, 2015
  4. Sunday's Child: Sirach 17-19 — January 28, 2015
  5. Sunday's Child: Sirach 13-16 — January 27, 2015

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Jan 31 2015

Sunday's Child: Sirach 26-28

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Since I can't figure out what to say about chapter 26, I have decided to quote from Dianne Bergant's comments in the New Interpreter's Study Bible: "Ben Sira was a man of his time...." and "[We] must discover ways of gleaning the fundamental theological meaning of the teaching in order to interpret it in ways that are more suitable for our times."

Chapter 27: Don't betray your friend's secrets. Don't waste your time with foolish people. Treacherous people get what they deserve.

Chapter 28: Let the Lord take care of vengeance. You forgive. Don't gossip or lie or slander.

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Jan 30 2015

Sunday's Child: Sirach 24-25

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Wisdom praises herself. When she was looking for the right home, the Creator sent her to Israel. There she took root and grew. She offers her fruits. Wisdom began like a canal from a river, and water gardens, then became a river then a sea.

Wisdom takes pleasure in three things: agreement among brothers and sisters; friendship among neighbors; and a wife and husband who live in harmony. Wisdom loathes three kinds of people: a pauper who boasts, a rich person who lies, and an old fool that commits adultery.

If you didn't learn anything as a youth, you won't have learned it by the time you are old. OTOH sound judgment is attractive in the gray-haired. How great is the one who has found wisdom, but none is superior to the one who fears the Lord.

Wicked women are evil.

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Jan 29 2015

Sunday's Child: Sirach 20-23

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Some truths stay true; e.g,
     Some people keep silent because they have nothing to say, while others keep silent because they know when to speak.
     A liar's way leads to disgrace.
     Favors and gifts blind the eyes of the wise; like a muzzle on the mouth they stop reproofs.
     Hidden wisdom and unseen treasure, of what value is either?
     Flee from sin as from a snake; for if you approach sin, it will bite you.
     Panic and insolence will waste away riches.
     When an intelligent person hears a wise saying, he praises it and adds to it; when a fool hears it, he laughs.
     Weep for the dead, for he left the light behind; and weep for the fool for he has left intelligence behind. Weep less bitterly for the dead, for he is at rest; but the life of the fool is worse than death.
     One who throws a stone at birds scares then away, and one who reviles a friend destroys a friendship.
     Gain the trust of your neighbor in his poverty, so that you may rejoice with him in his prosperity.
     Sinners are overtaken through their lips; by them the reviler and the arrogant are tripped up.

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Jan 28 2015

Sunday's Child: Sirach 17-19

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The Lord created human beings and granted them authority over everything on earth, bestowed knowledge upon them, established with them an eternal covenant. The Lord sees everything we do, rewarding our kindnesses.

Forsake your sins. The Lord is merciful.

The Lord is great; humans, not so much. But, the Lord is patient with us, pouring out mercy, granting forgiveness.

Do not mix reproach with your good deeds, or spoil your gift by harsh words.
Restrain your appetites. Don't waste your money on luxuries.
Don't gossip.

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Jan 27 2015

Sunday's Child: Sirach 13-16

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Disadvantages of associating with the rich; disadvantages of not being rich. Misery is evil.

On a more positive note: Enjoy yourself everyday. Seeking wisdom results in happiness.

You are free to choose how you live; so, choose to keep the Lord's commandments. Great as if the mercy of the Lord, so also the Lord's chastisement.

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Jan 26 2015

Sunday's Child: Sirach 8-12

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Occasionally I need to remind myself  that our Bible was written by men to male audience. And, sometimes, I need to remember that this book of wisdom, like much (all?) of our Bible was written to faithful Jews who were living in a place that was being ruled by a powerful foreign nation that definitely was not Jewish.

That said, much of the advice in chapters 8 through 12 is still applicable and helpful but cynical; don't be rude to the rich because they have enough resources to overcome you; don't ignore the advice of the elderly; don't abandon old friends; don't get mad about everything; and, if you hang out with sinners, you will get what you deserve.

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