Our first reading for this weekend is taken from a book that we don’t consult that frequently in the course of the liturgical year—namely, the book of Sirach. It is presented as a series of sayings of Jeshua ben Sira, a wise Jewish elder. Our reading is taken from the fifteenth chapter of Sirach, and it has to do with the awful fact of our freedom.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm – Psalm 119:1-34
Reading 2 – 1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Gospel – Matthew 5:17-37